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Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett GBE

Leaders are Remembered

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Leaders are remembered for the lessons and teachings they leave. However at some point in each leaders life they made the decision to step out of the easy and into the hard. There are leaders of varying scale. The scale of their reach is typically related directly to the scope of their daring, message and tenacity. Let’s take the Suffragettes. There were women around the world and in our grandparents neighbourhoods that spoke the same words and had the same beliefs, and although their families will remember them generation after generation, the world does not. Emmeline Pankhurst stepped up and Lead. She put her heart and soul into her words and actions. She made the change and took the risk.

I am not asking all our leaders to go to jail or walk in picket lines. I am asking you to be heard. Leaders are all around us, however to bare the public scrutiny and at times abuse, few are able to go to the next level. If you have it in you to be an inspiring Leader, the world needs you. There are not enough Brene Brown’s in this world. Collaboration is imperative in this journey of Leadership. Embrace those around you with like minds and never believe if the light shines on those around you, it diminishes the light you stand within. 4 billion people, we need leaders, we need you.

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Leadership comes in all shapes all sizes

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Being humble is often confused with downplaying your value or being silent. Understanding that if you possess the unique skill set to be a positive leader, you have a responsibility to reach out. This world is starving for powerful and positive leadership. So many have the potential, yet due to circumstances beyond their control, they will never reach their leadership potential without guidance.

Let me clarify my definition of leadership. Leadership is simply an ability to take the lead and create a positive space for those who want to learn and or follow. This can be a person who volunteers to coach little league, a youth leader, a block watch. Leadership ranges from the Brene Brown to the community volunteers of the world. 

What I have found fascinating about leadership is the exponential personal growth. Personal growth is priceless. Taking on task to aid non-profit, assisting a peer to achieve their goals, setting a goal that is clear to you but may not be to those around you. Understanding that each activity of leadership will have multiple aspects of success. One may be met and the other not. The exercise in leadership is still a success.

An example would be an emerging leader in Toronto recently organized a fashion show in benefit of funding to stop human trafficking. Having always worked in a team, never taking the lead role as organizer, this was a huge undertaking. Fashion house, models, venue, food, PR affiliate, photography and affiliate non-profit were all organized. All showed up on time and excited. That is a WIN. That in itself was successful leadership. The attendance however was minimal. Instead of chalking the entire event up as a failure, the event itself became a more intimate affair . Guests were able to ask questions as to human trafficking and how they can be of help. Even a larger speaking engagement to a school came out of this event. So the initial audience was small but in the end, due to the hard work of the Leader, hundreds were educated.

Step out, Step up and LEAD