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Leading with Intention

Building Something Tangible

I like to work with my hands – to make something tangible, a concrete example of my time and energy.  There’s something about the intention, focus and vulnerability of art that draws me in.  Something about the product: how it moves and shapes itself,  how when you think you’re in control you find out you’re not, and that’s ok.  So when I got the opportunity to volunteer with The Rescue Mission’s summer youth program at Hilltop Artists I jumped on board real fast.

Taking Action

The youth I’m working with are homeless, something absolutely foreign to me.  Through this time with them I’ve been shown a whole new world: pain, anger, confusion but also a joy and compassion so abundant to remind me the beauty this world is capable of. In light of my year with Urban Leaders in Training, I find myself wondering how to lead and model to these youth.  How can I guide them to be the best versions of themselves? How can I connect these different leadership lenses I’ve learned about to understand this better?

I read a quote once that has stuck with me and commanded my life: You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.

So much in our lives is dependent on words – meetings, emails, memos, reports.  In my life, through my experiences (especially here at NLF), I have learned that our actions are much more important.  People can talk in circles and make everything sound like it will be perfect; but there’s not always action to go along with it – there’s not always follow through.

So this is what I will do: I will pay attention, be patient, deliberate and honest.

It’s hard work but it’s meaningful, a theme I’ve discovered throughout my year with ULT.  To guide others takes grace,  humility and follow through.  I like this form of leadership – small and attainable.  Working right alongside the people you “serve” to accomplish beautiful things.  And we sure made some beautiful things at Hilltop Artists.

 

Amanda

Amanda Fortinberry
Urban Leaders in Training

 

 

 

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