At Embercombe we talk about leadership a lot. We talk about it with our children and schools, on our core programs for adults, on Catalyst with youth on the cusp of adulthood. We know that in each and every one of these individuals, a leader is already alive.
Watching these individuals grow in confidence and blossom into their power is one of the great joys of working here. Celebrating the wonder of this ability we all share is a vital part of what we do.
Despite our rich experience of witnessing emerging leaders, there persists a modern myth of leadership that says it is grand, aspirational – unattainable. Something only the special among us achieve or deserve. That we must first learn, then earn, the right to experience it.
Across the world this myth is being challenged, as more and more people determine to celebrate the wonder of our life changing, magical moments – whether we are trailblazing in some way, or simply here in our truth, authentically representing ourselves as we really are.
Drew Dudley talks in this lighthearted TED talk about the moment he realized that he personally had made a huge, lasting and incredibly positive impact in the world. It began with something as insignificant as a lollypop, and a laugh.
In reality, these moments happen to all of us, and we create them too. Each one of us has the ability to make a dramatic impact in our world. We both receive and share the gifts of leadership innate in us. Acknowledging that we are doing so is the next big step.
If you are ready to stand in your commitment and truly embrace your own powerful contribution to the world, come and explore The Journey programme, or join our debate here on the blog. Let us know the moments that have shaped your life, and the people and places you’ve made a lasting impression on.