Hi Everyone! This is Maggie 🙂 As finals are done and reading over Ashley’s Awesome Post, I thought I might try my hand at something inspiring as well!
I am so inspired and proud of my New Global Citizens Teams. Seeing their triumphs, their problem solving, and their global perspective makes me enourmously proud of all that they do. I have no doubt that each person in New Global Citizens can make a huge POSITVE impact on our developing world and change it for the good. I’ve been currently reading a book called Leading With Passion by John Murphy. It’s definitely one of those feel good books that not only made me think of New Global Citizens and my teams, but also on how I have impacted others and how they impact me through inspiration.
John Murphy talks about the Passion it takes to create a single idea and a single movement, how we can “open to doors” to facilitate inspiration and passion through ourselves and others (Yes, it sounds like one of those corporate books BUT stay with me). Here’s an except from his book which I found very awe-inspiring and hit home about my spectacular teams:
“Light a match in a dark room and watch as the light instantly overcomes darkness. Observe the power and grace of that single, solitary flame dancing with life. Now light several candles or kindle a fire and experience the added warmth and comfort extending from that first, vulnerable flame through others. This is the heart and soul of leadership–the essence of inispiring others…it is also about giving people hope and inspiring others to do the same. It is about bringing light into a world of uncertaintly.This is called passion and inspiriation.”
That passage hits home especially, because I know that this is what our teams are doing. Not only are our team leaders trying to achieve leadership skills, but they are also trying to obtain leadership, and funnel out their passion to the public. Every advocacy appraoch they conquer and fundraising event they do, that passage rings true.
Over the last several weeks, I’ve seen my team leaders inspire their teams to see an awesome vision: whether it be with their team goals, their world projects, or advocacy solutions, team leaders are the heartbeat that keeps these teams moving. When talking with Maddy, our team leader at Chaparral High School, she had a lot of amazing ideas on how she created passion, inspiration and team spirit in her New Global Citizens Team:
When you asked me about building team spirit:
“I think it is so important that all the team leaders work really well together and create a team-like atmosphere. I have really good leaders and we all get along great so it definitely helps create unity within our team. The people in our team get along so well that it gets to the point where it is difficult to get everyone to stop talking! so it is definitely a balancing act.
Also, I think it is so important that the team votes on the fundraisers that they do because if people don’t want to do a fundraiser then there is going to be a low spirit level.. same goes for picking yearly projects.
Also the other officers and I focus on not only our project (of course!) but also community service. I think that because many high schoolers are focused on resume building a club without community service may not necessarily be as appealing as it should be. I think that when teams do things together, it creates more opportunity for team bonding and socializing. Going off of what I said about team building, we do all of our preparation and planning as a team at our meetings. I think that if I did all the planning people would not feel as involved in the fundraisers as they should be!”
Margaret Mead also said, “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
New Global Citizens empitimizes this mentality. We’ve been so fortunate to have passionate, strong, and inspiring leaders from the bottom up. Committed to their projects, these students are doing far more than whats expected of them as a high school student, and thats what is so awe-inspiring about all that they do. It’s their choice and dedication that make such a positve impact on the world and our organization! Any contribution they make and every advocacy challenge they meet is a step in an awesome and bright future.
Maggie Eads, Team Mentor