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8 Essential Exchanges for Leaders

Impact through Action

Kevin Paul Scout is the co-founder of ADDO, which is the Latin word for "Inspire". The word "Inspire" literally means "to breathe life into".

That is exactly what ADDO wants to do. They want to work with young people across the world, breathe life into their dreams and encourage them to live the life that God has called them to live.

While there are many outlets that ADDO uses, but one of the greatest platform right now is the one in which ADDO had established with another US based company, Chick-Fil-A. Together, they have created a national high school leadership program called "Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy". This academy is really about impact through action.

One of the differences between an adult and a student is that when adults walk away from a leadership conference, they are able to take what they have learnt and apply it at their workplaces. For a student, it often does not work that way. Most of them do not have an outlet to apply what they have learnt. This often results in "short term motivations and long term frustrations".

When an opportunity is given to a student to apply what they have learnt, they then have the chance to be a leader. If we are able to teach the students how to confront problems, it's amazing what it will mean (long-term) for their lives and in their relationships

"The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government the next." - Abraham Lincoln

Essential Exchanges for Leaders

Most people are not in danger of ruining their lives as much as they are in danger of wasting it. The challenge what most people are facing is - how do I move from a good place to a better place?

If you want to get success in your life, there are things that you have to give up along the way in order to do that. A lot times, people are not willing to let go. But you can't get anything new with a closed hand. Thus you have to be willing to let go in order to grab onto what God has in store for you.

Also, to be able to lead an organization, a society or a nation, you have to be willing to sacrifice, because you have to put the people that you are leading before yourself.

Leaders actually have to do less and stay focused. You have to be able to hone in on those key elements that God has unique prepared you to do. Instead of being a Jack-of-all-trades, you need to be the master of one. That is when you can truly shine for the glory of God.

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