Just bought my airline ticket to go back to Ghana.
This will be my fourth time in Ghana. I'll be co-leading a planning team that will scout out new locations, partnerships, and activities for our 2018 Leaders of the Free World program, while reviewing logistics and strengthening relationships with existing partners.
I'm excited, as I always am, to be going back. Leading up to this trip our team continues to plan like mad for the upcoming year, while organizing details for the trip itself. It's safe to say, we're pretty much in hustle mode.
This is the work.
Developing this project has taught me a lot about my leadership capacity. Growth is inevitable in this process. Nothing about this is easy, but I'm lit by the fire that this IS possible, and so I persist.
The most salient lessons I've learning in directing this leadership journey are this:
- Pushing forward will constantly challenge you and call you to your higher self. I can't tell you how many superpowers I've discovered or how I might have discovered them otherwise.
- It only gets easier as I continue to push and interact with the work. No matter how hard it might be to develop content, work on the budget, or fundraise, it's increasingly harder when I'm not actively working on or paying attention to, even the smallest part of it.
- Figure out the parts I can now and move things forward. All of it's going to change anyway. If I can move away from this idea that I'm setting everything in stone, I become much more effective. I've learned that even when I thought things were permanent they changed anyway...and the world did not fall apart.
- Perhaps the most important leadership journey lesson, is that, no one is going to do the work for me. Even with all of the wonderful support we get, at the end of the day, I still have to be the one directing the ship.
What are you Directing your Leadership Journey towards? What have you learned along the way?
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