Monday, July 11, 2011

Who Am I To Dream?

Vision.

For emerging leaders the word can cause paralysis. The world seems filled with stories of great leaders with unshakable dreams that inspired them and the people around them. For newer leaders who are finding their voice, these powerful leadership stories may cause doubt- who am I compared to them? What are my dreams against theirs?

And yet, change always starts with vision. An idea...a dream...a picture of a world different than it is today. Don't allow the size of others' dreams to diminish the value of yours.

Effective leaders take time to find their own voice. Leaders pay attention and are present with themselves and with the people around them. They listen to what their heart is telling them about their world today and about what it might be tomorrow. Vision grows from awareness.

Awareness doesn't have to be huge - it might extend as far as your family, your team...or perhaps your city. Too big? Imagine what would happen if one leader with a positive dream emerged on every city block and brought together a team of people to care about that small plot of land and people? Cities, nations, the entire world would be transformed by the power of these "small" dreams!

Finding your voice and discovering your dreams about tomorrow is the beginning of vision. The next step in the journey is share it with others...

What is your dream?

David M. Dye

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David shares twenty years experience teaching, coaching, leading, and managing in youth service, education advocacy, city governance, and faith-based nonprofits. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Colorado UpLift and enjoys helping others discover and realize their own potential.

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