“Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you can lead right now. It’s not just when you open your laptop or walk in the door at work. It’s a lifestyle.”
In this episode, Jerome and Julienne talk to Ash Beckham, an inclusion activist whose TEDx talk ‘Coming Out of Your Closet’ became a viral sensation and author of the book ‘Step Up: How to Live with Courage and Become an Everyday Leader’. Ash talks about a key experience that shaped who she is today and her mission to provide people with the tools they need to become a leader and to decide when to do so, rather than letting someone else or something external decide that for them. She argues that there is no leadership without empathy and that practicing empathy daily is the most important thing to do if you want to lead and be able to meet people where they are. They also talk about the bravery to be willing to have the hard conversations essential to creating truly diverse and inclusive communities, the need to show grace and keep your eyes on the prize, and the incremental steps that will get you there.
Listen to this episode to learn more about how to become a better leader with everyday practices and why it is essential to realize that sometimes all someone needs is a fact and a snack.
Ash’s TEDx Talk