it is true that what we can accomplish together is far greater than what can do on our own. however, the skills and qualities of the individuals who make up the sum, greatly impacts the effectiveness of what they can achieve together. it is with this intention, that we must cultivate our individual leadership, that the Youth Power Project of Make the Road NY assembled for a staff development retreat to learn about embodied leadership at the headquarters of Universal Partnership.
having worked on aligning their values and principles on an organizational level at a recent staff retreat with the principle of UP, Rusia Mohiuddin, the staff traveled outside of the city to dive deep and explore the qualities of their individual leadership towards envisioning how they want to intentionally show up in the world. what resulted was truly an authentic display of strength, camaraderie and courage.
the training was really impactful… I feel stronger as an individual and as a woman. anyone who has the opportunity to embrace themselves, they way I did today, is truly fortunate.
-Adilka Pimental, YPP Staff
each staffer explored their historical shaping to learn about their current somatic shape. this is no small feat but rather a huge leap towards embracing their histories, appreciating all of what makes them who they are and accepting that they can chose to change in order to create greater inner alignment to how they want their leadership to be in the world. unequivocally brilliant!
the staff team also practiced the 31 Jo Kata to assess their individual leadership and how it shows up in action. practicing as a whole team, ypp staff gained insight into their group dynamics and learned where they need to make both individual and collective leadership adjustments.
the jo practice makes me feel like a warrior!
at the end of a long day, each of them had practices developed to inch them towards their vision for their leadership and a set of collective practices to do as a whole team.
cultivating embodied leadership is an act of courage and self-love. the staff of youth power project of make the road ny, summoned this and then some. Check out THIS VIDEO to learn more about ypp’s experience with Universal Partnership’s Embodied Leadership. To learn more about the work of YPP, please visit MAKE THE ROAD NY.