Many see leadership as being in charge and in control: strong, powerful, and capable of doing it all – alone. There may be the assumption that somehow asking for support is a sign of weakness and invalidates the efforts that someone is making. You may be having a conversation with yourself that you don’t need to ask for support until you are stuck and have no other choice.
PHILADELPHIA – 31 adults, ranging from 23 to 67 years of age, put together a spontaneous fundraising campaign to support families and individuals in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Having only come together one month prior, the 5th leadership class of Next Level Trainings set out to raise $100,000 for local non-profit, Face to Face Germantown, a 501(c)3 human services organization dedicated to the health, well-being, and stability of our community. Within 33 days, the leadership participants raised over $105,593.
There is a common misconception that being a leader requires a position of authority such as an executive or a managerial role. Maybe it is a job title earned with years of experience or from knowing the right people at the right time. Yet, it’s likely that most people you know have experienced bosses or managers that were anything but great leaders.
With the intention of creating love, freedom, and unity in our community, our team chose to support Face to Face and their mission to embrace, support, and empower as many members of our community who are experiencing poverty as possible. As our team rallied together and the more we learned about this organization, the stronger our vision became. Face to Face’s mission and vision became our own. Our commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty became the source of our inspiration.
Aiming to create empowerment, unity, and love in our community, our team declared we would raise $165,000 in 27 days for Gracehaven and support them in their mission: to stop the cycle of child sex trafficking by providing services such as survivor care and support, residential housing, prevention education, intervention trainings, and community collaboration. Gracehaven is creating a new life for children who have experienced unimaginable hardship, and our team was honored to work with them during the course of this project.
In our lives, it is inevitable to develop relationships that do not serve us. Whether it happens over time or we unknowingly entangle our lives with people who have different values, we can find ourselves being a part of a relationship that - just like the clutter we get to clean up - can weigh us down.