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Leadership Lessons: The Power of Story to Transform Rwanda with Ayla Schlosser

If you were to imagine a leader, you might think of a king, president, CEO, or influential person.

However, if we broaden our scope of what a leader truly is, it might cause you to think of people in your life who made a significant impact on you. For example, you might think of a parental figure who taught you how to earn respect from your peers.

Teaching somebody how to lead an entire country or business is not easy. That is why Ayla Schlosser uses her leadership exercises to help others become the best leaders they can be. More specifically, Ayla's strives to help women in East Africa become leaders in their communities.

Leadership Lessons: The Power of Story to Transform Rwanda with Ayla Schlosser

Time stamped show notes:

[0:18] Where she is today and how she got there

[1:14] Unlocking leadership potential for girls in East Africa

[1:44] Getting out of abuse to become a voice against it

[2:53] Storytelling leadership

[5:02] Small world in entrpreneurship

[6:30] Ayla’s work through partnerships

[7:40] The importance of stories being told human-to-human

[8:26] Scale and control: The balance in between

[11:04] Technology bringing others closer together

[12:34] Community organizing

[13:20] Addressing the present but planning for the future

[14:12] A world covered in the internet

[15:06] Being believed in is powerful

[16:07] The scary side of being believed in

[16:50] Destress vs. eustress

[18:04] Be oneself

[18:36] True leadership

[20:00] Take imperfect action

[21:12] Changing economy can start with changing lives

[21:50] No single “right” answer

[22:32] Planning is everything; plans are nothing.

[24:20] C.R.O.P.S. (Connect Resources Opportunity People and Systems)

[25:08] Lots of imperfect action is the only way to win.

[26:08] Don’t waste time preparing.

[26:26] Don’t over prepare to where you second guess yourself.

[27:57] We are the co-creators of our reality.

[28:05] Here to connect the dots

[29:20] Smart humans who care are our most important resource.

[32:02] Using the resources at your disposal

[33:34] Not wasting time and resources has no growth.

[34:10] Magic in the mess

[35:14] Ayla has a goalpost.

[36:40] Ayla always has a mission.

[38:10] Scale

[38:48] People she wants to connect and be with

Three key points:

  1. Leadership is not leading a revolution but instead leading, or even being a part of leading, change. Whatever form that change may be is still a form of being a leader.
  2. Over-preparing is a waste of time. Makes you second guess things.
  3. Entrepreneurship is important, but we shouldn’t obsess with it. Instead, we need to find solutions that are working and co-create those. Connect people to good ideas.

Resources mentioned:

Giver Work – book

Last question:

Looking for smart people (2 open positions). Also need people who can be mentors, advisors, board members, people who have experience with scaling a service delivery.

They’re recruiting US-based ambassadors.

Need monetary help as well.

Reach out to her at: www.resonateworkshops.org. Sign up for newsletter.

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Her email: [email protected]