Leadership is often confused with bossiness. A leader intentionally creates safe, supportive environments where the mission is clear, and people feel comfortable enough to be themselves and then generate and bring forward innovative ideas. Along with not coercing people - a leader models the basic concept of taking responsibility and expects that their team will too.
In addition, a leader will:
A boss will: well, do the opposite of most of those things, and on top of that, usually micro-manages everyone and everything to the point of frustration.
We all know a few leaders and have had the misfortune of working with (for) some bosses. I try hard to be the person described within the top list. I freely admit, some days, I am way more successful than others.
My role extends far beyond being an employer - I try to follow the same protocol for all of "my kids," the members of DRC. My greatest wish is that they each feel trusted and supported to become innovative, kind, intuitive, fun, and responsible leaders in their own right.
Weekly Creative Meditation
Both Centers are implementing Sensory Safe Spaces. The one in Canton already has large cushions and fleece throws, a weighted blanket, noise-canceling headphones, and a basket full of fidget toys.
These are cozy spots designed to be safe places for kids to chill out or de-stress whenever they feel overwhelmed or anxious.
A local supporter has sourced (searched for and purchased) a beanbag for us and will bring it by this week to upgrade the cushions (Thank you, Anna). We will also need one for the North Lawrence space. If you have one that your family no longer uses, please consider getting in touch & passing it on to us. We will put it to good use. Thank you!