LeaderShape 2012

At its core, LeaderShape is like yoga for the mind, “chicken soup for the soul,” and an inspirational melody for the spirit. Can this all be done in six days? Yes, and so much more.


In six days of LeaderShape, I learned to challenge conventional wisdom. In the real world, habituations develop. We sit in the same subconsciously assigned seats day after day. We walk the same route to class. We talk to the same people at lunch. Why? Why do we need to live our life in autopilot mode? How many discoveries, conversations and perspectives do we miss out on? LeaderShape challenged me to defy the societal status quo. What could be the harm of trying something new, something bold, or even something as simple as taking a new route to school?


Six days. It is a feat of beauty to define time based on what day you built a community or created your vision of the world. A world without days of the week of months of the year is somewhat liberating. Day one was building community. Day six was staying in action. On day seven, we were set free, back to the real world. I would like to think that day seven never really ends, but rather evolves and morphs as one nears closer to his/her vision.



Six days gave ample time to form a second family of 12, and join an encouraging community of 60 strong. Education City just shrunk in size. What previously appeared to be a spacious “city” now has the comfort of a small village, where each school is a brisk walk away, and no neighbor or friend is too far away to visit. Rome was not built in a day, but its community of citizens could’ve been created in six.

In six days, words like possibility and potential seem to creep into my vocabulary. What was impossible yesterday now seems reachable today. Buzz Lightyear, of Toy Story fame always said, “To infinity, and beyond!” After six days of LeaderShape, I couldn’t agree with him more.  




To learn more about this years LeaderShape workshop, click here

by Jaimee Haddad  Jan 17th, 2012
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