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Leadership Lessons from Chris Hadfield and Silken Laumann

Identify your dream, dedicate your efforts toward that dream, assemble a team of people who can help you get there, believe in yourself, and learn from and enjoy the journey while getting to where you want to be.  This is some of what I learned from the two autobiographies I read over the past month: Silken Laumann’s Unsinkable: My untold Story and Chris Hadfield’s  An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. Both authors are remarkable individuals and both have accomplished incredible feats.  

Chris Hadfield’s career as an astronaut who has been in space three times is awe-inspiring as he describes a life of dedication to his dream. Silken Laumann’s single-minded recovery from a horrific leg injury only 10 weeks before the Olympics to win Bronze in the single sculls event in Barcelona (1992) is inspiring. Yet their autobiographies couldn’t be more different.

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Jack’s Legacy – Personal Leadership Attributes Lessons from Jack Layton

Canada lost a charismatic leader in Jack Layton when he died of cancer at the age of 61.

jack laytonAs I listened to the radio and read the personal tributes that come in online – I can piece together his personal leadership legacy. This is not about what he accomplished politically, but who he was as a leader. No matter what your political beliefs, we can learn something from Jack’s personal leadership attributes. Some of these stories and lessons come from his colleagues in government, but many come from the many ordinary Canadians he touched.

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