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What "The Wizard of Oz" Can Teach Us About Courageous Leadership


Today, I had the opportunity to work with The Office of Student Engagement at South Louisiana Community College to provide some really great online training!


Even though we can’t meet in person, it was so great to connect with these students and talk about Courageous Leadership. I think it is especially important right now for all of us to look at how we can find the courage to lead well. And what better way to learn about Courageous Leadership than from one of my favorite movies: The Wizard of Oz.


No one elected Dorothy leader of the Yellow Brick Road crew. No one appointed her president or officially said she was in charge. But she had a clear vision (needing to get home to Kansas), she spoke up for herself, encouraged her teammates, delegated responsibilities, provided constructive feedback, and really made it about the team and mission than about herself.


Because once Leadership becomes about you, you’re doing it wrong.



The Prezi included highlights some important points of my presentation:

  • We have to be courageous in the face of fear, like the Lion.

  • We have some wonderful pieces of advice to think about and learn more about, like the Scarecrow.

  • There’s some practical tools we can use, like the Tin Man and his oilcan.

  • And some guidance and quotes from some really smart local leaders I want to pass along, like Glinda the Good Witch.

If you missed out on the webinar today, or you just want to review what we talked about, be sure to check out my Prezi below to learn more about how you can be a Courageous Leader!



If you would like to work with me to create personalized online training for your organization, don't hesitate to get in touch!


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