Wow. What a week it has been. To be perfectly honest, I had a different episode recorded and ready to go for this week, but after the events in the United States, and some that have even spread throughout the world, I felt it important to address the situation.
You’d have to have been living under a rock to miss out on the events of the week, with the tragic killing of George Floyd, collective anger leading to protests, and the violent riots and looting, it feels like the world is falling apart. Not to mention that we’re still struggling through a global pandemic.
I share this episode this week from a point of vulnerability. I do not pretend to be an expert on race or prejudice. But I think it’s important that we all work together to make sense of the situation we are in. This episode will be about leading, true leadership, which requires having hard conversations.
Talking about race, privilege, and hate is not easy. But as the title of this episode states: daring leaders are never silent about hard things. This comes from a quote by Brene Brown who said, “daring leaders who live into their values are never silent about hard things.” So today I am seeking to be an example of what I preach every week–being a daring leader, by speaking about these hard things.
Towards the end of the episode I’ll focus on specific examples of powerful leadership that we’ve seen this week. There’s a lot of bad, horrible, awful and every other negative adjective going around this week, but there is still good. There are still leaders who are boldly and bravely facing down the challenges that we are currently facing. I’ll share some of those examples with you.
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Links Mentioned in this episode:
- I’m Still Here: Black dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
- Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
- All about Love by Bell Hooks
- How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X.Kendi
- Pursue What Matters Podcast Episode: 54 – Leading with Empathy & Resilience
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