“If we want people to fully show up, to bring their whole selves including their unarmored, whole hearts—so that we can innovate, solve problems, and serve people—we have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected.”
― Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
I’ve been in the field of education since I was four years old. Well, okay… I took a few years off to serve my country in the United States Army, but even in the military, I was taking classes. I’d like to say I learned a lot, but every time I learn something new, I also un-learn something I thought I knew.
Leading through an empathetic lens requires an open heart and a receptive ear, and the capacity to be vulnerable so that you are open to the experiences of others. When you lead this way, you find that you have to un-learn and learn a lot, because every experience is a unique journey of its own.
Here, I share those journeys and insights with you.
Like what you read and want more? I also present! And facilitate design thinking workshops.
Oh, and I write courses, teach college courses, serve on amazing boards, and tweet (a lot)… and am blessed to be mom to the most amazing girls in the world.
Let’s connect and learn together!
Spencer, Laura, and Ishmael, Kristina. “For Schools, Coronavirus Shutdowns Are Only Half the Battle.” New America, 16 Mar. 2020.