Getting out of our comfort zones, learning to lead

Laura Schiller

Laura Schiller (IL '13), donor relations manager, Dare to Care Foodbank

by Laura Schiller, Ignite Louisville Class of 2013 –

What do disguise glasses, semi-fabulous prizes, rubber ducks and a talent show have to do with leadership? Ask any member of the Ignite Class of 2013 and you’ll soon find out!

During our December program day, our class had a blast learning about leadership competencies from Al Cornish, Chief Learning Officer at Norton Healthcare. Al led us in several exercises to identify leadership competencies and bring us out of our comfort zones. He challenged us to think about the similarities between ducks and effective leaders. Not only are ducks resilient and dependable, but like good leaders, they exhibit excellent teamwork and communication skills.

It’s safe to say our class will not be forgetting the eight key competencies anytime soon, as we took the stage for a very entertaining talent show. We quickly transformed into actors and actresses, dancers, poets and cheerleaders to illustrate integrity, visioning, passion and accountability. Who knew our class was so talented?

The program came full circle when we were given time to set our own goals and write leadership growth statements. We set aside our insecurities as we shared our goals with an accountability partner, a teammate who will help make sure we work on reaching our goal throughout the year.

It’s been just three months since our class first came together for orientation. Since then, this group of former strangers has become a close network of emerging leaders, thanks to program days like this one. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in Ignite Louisville, develop my own leadership skills and get to know an amazing group of young professionals and community leaders.

To see for yourself how much fun the December program day was, check out the photos on Facebook or the Leadership Louisville Center website, or better yet, participate in Ignite next year!