In 2014, we lost many inspirational figures worldwide including Olympian Louis Zamperini, Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and childhood star Shirley Temple. But perhaps one individual that stood out and is beloved by many is none other than Maya Angelou. As we head into 2015, here are some quotes of hope and determination that might mean something to you as a young and upcoming leader.
We're only 14 years in, but let's not let that hold us back from defining what it takes to be a great leader in the 21st Century. Some say you have to be bold, stand and deliver, and bring out the best in everyone. Others make the case that it's being an optimist, fun and jovial to be around, and able to liven up any situation when things are looking down.
"I learned teamwork is more than just a cliché coaches use to motivate players."
Also, true: we've had an entire summer full of young leaders who spoke up and could be heard from across the country through the Y's blog. Here's a recap of our guest bloggers raising their voices and making their mark from teaching kids how to read to starting up summer food programs to giving career advice. Thank you, bloggers!
Meet Zach: Archer. Water Skier. Sail Boater. Horseback Rider. Find out why there's so much more to camping than just a fun place for summer activities. This is his Y. His camera. His story.
Youth In Government™ is by far my best high school experience. Many people do not know how to deal with conflicts; they sometimes yell at each other. But at Youth in Government™, I learned that no matter how blatantly different two opinions are, there is always a way to discuss it in an organized and peaceful manner.
You don't have to be a Nobel Peace prize winner to wake up and make a difference every day. Some times it's the little things that count.
Sunlight. Flowers. Grassy hills. Welcome to the new age.
As you're reading this from your 5 x 5 cubicle, imagine a work space where outdoor cafe tables abound and you could choose where you want to sit -- at least that's what architects Ju-Hyun Kim and Euno Cho want you to picture. We, Millennials, are in interesting bunch (or so we've heard). And the idea of pushing over those padded, carpeted walls in favor of green space and natural isn't too far-fetched of a concept.
This week, we posted some tips on how to network with others, based on the idea that it's who you know. Well, as you're building your network of friends and ties, think about this: when it comes to your health, does who you hang around with matter?
One of the most impactful lessons that I have learned as a young leader is; you are never done learning. There have been many influential leaders in the world that have advice for young leaders like me. Here are some quotes that I have around my office and house that inspire me to continue learning and growing as a leader everyday: