Leaders Inspiring Leaders
Learning is an essential component of leadership. Leadership is not just a one-time acquisition. Even for the best leaders, there are infinite ways to keep learning, improving, and developing. One way we can continue to do this is through each other! Leadership is an interconnected process; we cannot go about it alone — a quote I love sums this up. In Healing the Heart of Democracy, Parker Palmer says, “it takes a village to raise a Rosa Parks” (p. 45). We are all in this together, and by learning from one another, we can help all of us prosper.
In the spirit of leaders inspiring leaders, we have recently started a bi-weekly segment called Leaders in the Spotlight. On our Instagram (@learnleadserve), we are featuring some leaders who have shared some of their leadership goals, philosophies, and lessons with us. If you have participated in any of our programs, you might even recognize some familiar faces!
So far, we have featured two of our Leadership Coaches, Aleia and Kevin. Aleia is a Communication major at Azusa Pacific University and an alumna of Los Osos High School. She plans to pursue a Masters in Leadership Development and enter the field of higher education. Kevin is an alumnus of Troy High School and a Business Administration major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He aspires to use his background in business and leadership development to revolutionize a brand for social good.
They both have shared some important insights that have helped me, and others, continue to grow as leaders. In her leadership journey, Aleia touched on the fear of failing. For many of us, this is something we can all probably relate to. However, Aleia has come to believe that a “life dictated by fear is a life wasted,” emphasizing the importance of putting ourselves out there, taking more chances, and having courage. Kevin also shared his personal philosophy, “inspire to inspire,” reminding us that leaders have great power and responsibility to inspire future generations.
Regardless of one’s role, position, or stance in life, I truly believe that everyone can learn something from everyone. By taking some time to consider what others value, learn from their mistakes, and connect to their philosophies, we are inspired to continue to be the best leaders we can be.
Know someone who should be featured as a Leader in the Spotlight? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Name one person who has positively impacted your development as a leader: Tell that person how they influenced you. Give them a call, send them an email, or write them a Post-It Display of Appreciation.
- Name one person you want to inspire: Be intentional with the way you influence others. Send someone some words of encouragement or simply check-in.
*Meet the Author*
Caroline has been with Leadership Inspirations for two years. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership Development and holds B.A.’s in Psychology and Integrated Educational Studies.
Favorite Quote: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” – Jane Goodall
Fun Facts: 1) I’m from Seattle 2) I LOVE Golden Retrievers 3) I have celebrated Holi in India