Toddlers have character. My daughter used to dance wildly whenever and wherever she heard music. In a shopping centre, at church, in a lift, at her eldest sister’s Christmas concert – if she heard music she had to move. But somewhere along the line she stopped. She also stopped wearing head to toe rainbow colours, and painting a daily heart on her cheek. I guess she figured out ‘that’s not what people do.’
If I asked her now what makes her unique, I wonder if she could answer. Leaders embrace things that make them unique – it could be their dry northern wit, their unbridled passion for discovering new bands, the habit of asking profoundly deep questions in the middle of a seemingly everyday conversations. These traits become part of the stories others tell of them, their humanness – and, it makes them memorable. Being memorable matters.
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Stephen is one of the Ivy House Alumni, and when he completed the Programme he made a commitment to himself: take on and conquer the Brighton Half Marathon.
The game of doing the right thing on the surface, whilst at the same time making your real feelings perfectly clear, is as common as it is destructive.