The absolute best thing about being a leader is that you will never run out of reasons and ways to lead! During the Figure It Out and Collaborator events at your school, we touched on a few of the things we want you to know, and maybe use, as a teen leader. Here are our favorites, and a whole bunch of things we didn't get to share with you!
Don't forget to reach out to us with your success stories! We want to celebrate YOU!
We have been working with teen leaders since you were wearing diapers, and while that makes us sound a little bit old, it also gives us some ideas worth passing on to you!
Thank you for what you will do for the world, and don't forget that right now, somewhere, there is somone praying for the Leadership Solution you will develop!
Our fearless leader, Karen Grosz, wants you to be fearless too, unless of course it is something you should be scared of, like friends who want you to do stupid s***.
If she didn't tell you this story, we will. Karen was once scared. Of almost everything. Especially public speaking and being photographed. Now she is a National Speaker, a 5X author, and the catalyst behind these events. Karen achieved all of these things by always trying the next hardest thing and always hanging out with people who are smarter than her, and people who challenged her to be better today than she was yesterday.
Imagine who you could be if you did those same things.
Ryan has a voice as big as his heart, and his heart is so big we call him Care Bear. He thinks through every idea, finds a way to make it bigger, easier, more impactful, then offers it back to you in a way that feels empowering and upliftng.
Ryan also has the most organized photo gallery of anyone we have ever met, and becasue of that he can show you pictures of the hundreds of students that have become leaders under his tutelage.
Ryan's best advice? Just start. Start leading. Start being the first follower. Just start. Today. You can do it.
At school, they call him Teach and it's a pretty apt moniker. Wyatt simply exudes the very best of your favorite teacher. He is intelligent, inclusive, energetic, and thoughtful and will make you think of things in a whole new way!
We love having him on the team because he notices everyone who walks into the room, and makes sure the shyest person feels comfortable, and the loudest person feels heard.
What would Wyatt tell you about being a leader?
That you can be one. And you should be one. And you already are one, all you need to do is find your passion and lead forward.
It's a simple act. It's a powerful result. Josh changed the culture of his school. So can you!
Ryan would remind you to lead well, but choosing who to follow makes all of the difference.
You and your team could do something like this! Imagine what it would mean to your community to help you give, and to receive!
We don't always have time to show this video, but oh man, it's a good one. If you are unhappy with your results, try changing your words. Then lead forward.
Write the letter.
Make the call.
Do it again.
Until you remember how beautiful your life is.
Look up his other videos and then imagine you doing something like this. You can, you know.
Think about using positive peer pressure to improve your community. This fascinating video will demonstrate that people will follow you.
Please, always be worth following.
Yes! You can and you should do another Leadership solution!
Remember, find the problem (or the cool thing) find your people, build a plan,execute the plan.
Do it again.
And, if someone is Scared to Death, unsure if they should follow you, here are a couple of chapters from Karen's book Quiet Leadership to make them feel better!
You were in the room with us because someone, a teacher, a classmate, perhaps the principal in your school, thought you could be a problem solver, a forward-thinking leader.
The project now is to think of yourself that way and to use your powers for good, not evil. It would be simple to be the class clown, the bully with followers to do your dirty work, but really, is that who you want to be?
Imagine looking for or creating the best in the world. Helping others. Celebrating them. Creating Leadership Solutions that help students get better grades, improve their mental health, or keep people away from harmful substances. You can do that, especially if you collaborate with a team of people who think like you do.
Don't be overwhelmed. Don't run and hide.
While you are a teenager, it is your privilege to try this, then that, and then something else. We just want the things you try to be things you are proud of, things that will improve your community, and your knowledge of leadership.
You were in the room for a reason and we hope that reason enriches your life and the lives of those around you.