Sharing our Light

February 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“From a small spark may burst a flame.” – Dante Alighieri

This weeks post starts last Sunday. It was the end of the My Journey. My Potential. Reconnection Weekend Program that I was facilitating with SCARF Youth (Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families), and one of the members of the group chose the photo above in our final reflection. We were making connections to the themes, insights and learning that came from the various experiences throughout the few days away and Monique shared something that really resonated throughout the whole group. She commented that the photo above reminded her that when we share our light we may not know or ever realise what impact we have on others.

Jump ahead to yesterday, it’s Friday and I’m facilitating our L.E.A.D. with Courage™: Stage 3 Leaders Program at a Primary School in the Northern Illawarra area. This client I have been supporting the learning and leadership journey of their students over the past couple of years and love reconnecting with the students and staff at the school. When I arrived I was speaking to the Assistant Principal who was getting me settled into the space we would be using and he said he wanted to pass on some feedback they were given by the Principal of the High School where most of their students transition to.

The High School Principal had visited the school at the beginning of the new year to share how over the past two years she had noticed how the students coming from this Primary School were willing to identify themselves as leaders and were seeking leadership opportunities. It had been a noticeable change that had occurred and was different to the way that the other feeder schools students were transitioning into the High School environment. She didn’t know why this was happening but wanted to pass this information onto the teachers at the school. She was excited to hear about how the school had made space for Explore Discover Act to support the Stage 3 cohort and the students enthusiasm for participating in the program and learning about leadership.

Like school communities, we believe strongly in the potential of each of the students in their care. We understand the amazing commitment teachers have for the welfare and educational opportunities offered to their students as they progress through their school years. Education is a complex and interdependent journey, with many important pieces of a puzzle supporting students, staff and school communities to achieve the best outcomes for each individual. It is a privilege to assist schools in preparing  21st Century learners through our engaging, challenging and inspiring programs and ongoing communication with students and staff. We are so grateful for the shared journey we walk with the schools we support.

I finished yesterday’s program talking about the purpose of leadership with the Stage 3 students. They so confidently acknowledged that they will not always get it right as they navigate the successes and challenges along the way but the goal is to make a difference in our own and others lives. Now it’s time to let our light shine as our individual and shared journeys of potential continue, lived through our daily thoughts, words and actions, with each of us able to choose ‘leadership as action, not position’.

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” -Edith Wharton

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Why L.E.A.D.ership?

February 1, 2014 at 12:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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I have always been drawn to a particular quote I saw many years ago. I came across it when I was looking for resources for a school social justice group I was facilitating. The quote just intrigued me and made me think. I also just felt like it connected to what I was hoping to offer through the experiences the students were exposed to and also more importantly to my own (and our shared) human journey of potential. It was:

“We live in a world where virtually no problem can be solved by individual action.

And yet…

In our world no problem can be solved unless individuals act!”

What I really loved about it was the honouring of complexity. Like all quotes they can be interpreted in many different ways by different people but this one spoke to me about empowering daily thoughts, words and most importantly actions, with the purpose of making a difference in our own and others lives. This purpose can then drive our choices as we navigate the successes and challenges that are inevitable on our individual and shared journeys, with all the differing levels of complexity that has to be experienced.

This is why L.E.A.D.ership is so important to us and why L.E.A.D. with Courage™ is Explore Discover Act’s core Program. We believe:

“Leadership is a purposeful journey that utilises a combination of developing skills, attitude and behaviours, and is courageously practiced daily by individuals and groups through their thoughts, words and actions.”

Through our program we examine how, “Leadership is action, not position” (Donald H. McGannon). It’s not a badge to wear or a special chair to sit in, it is ongoing choices we make through our interactions with self, others and the world around us, as we Explore the possibilities, Discover potential and Act authentically. Our vision remains, ‘Informed, connected and empowered individuals believing deeply in their own and others potential’. As students, teachers and school communities become involved in our program they become a part of a community that believes:

  • In exploring the possibilities, discovering potential and acting authentically.
  • That our daily thoughts, words and actions matter.
  • That our journey will involve both successes and challenges, remembering that, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill.
  • We are all capable of making a difference in our own and others lives.
  • We are all in this together!

Our school programs begin for 2014 on Monday. It is a privilege to be able to support the learning and leadership journey of so many inspiring students, teachers and school communities. We look forward to this continuing journey and all that it will involve. Coming back to ‘Why L.E.A.D.ership?’ reminds us of why we love doing what we do. We wish everyone a connection and potential filled year.

To find out more about our L.E.A.D. with Courage™ philosophy visit our website: Explore Discover Act

 

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