You Can't Lead From the Back
Jun 07, 2016
My "lesson from the pond" revealed a truth only seen from a calm, relaxed mind. I was watching and smiling at a mother duck leading her ducklings across the pond. One would fall behind and then turn on the "turbo" to catch up with its siblings without any guidance or pressure from the mother duck. And then I realized, a true leader doesn't lead from the back. A good leader holds a vision and stays course. Having calm faith and strength encourages others to follow, believing in the direction. I have always led from my heart, believing in our mission to create a space for children of all ages and abilities to grow, learn and become empowered. I believe in truly supporting families to connect on a stronger and deeper level. And, I believe that when we create these spaces and we increase understanding, we create stronger, more supportive communities. I am choosing to stay course, to nurture myself and to trust that we are on the right path and that it will all work out even when storms come through.
Our team has been collaborating, dreaming and visioning again. We have made a few changes for the summer and fall plans in hopes to reach more kids and make our programs even more available to families. We hope you will be as excited about the plans as we are!
Kari Lotzien is a passionate speaker and occupational therapist with over 20 years experience working with children, families and school teams. She takes current research and makes it relatable to her audience through stories, humour and inspiring messages of success. Kari is the founder of To the Stars Occupational Therapy & Wellness Centre. She is committed to creating strong communities through leadership, international speaking and workshops for parents, educators and therapists.