I finished my tenure with Leadership Grand Rapids last week. This drawing was done in my sketch book during one of the sessions of our last day together. This experience was a powerful learning opportunity for me. To be with a group of people on a regular basis through the course of nine months who were all plucked from very different kinds of work settings within the city was a powerful experience. I have never worked within the corporate culture so I had a lot to learn. The last "job" I had was teaching part time at Calvin College and I was very much left to myself with those students in the class room.
I come away from this experience with a greater respect for the people who make up our city with all their different disciplines and perspectives. It seems natural for a person to become isolated in their own small circle of friends and experiences. It takes a concerted effort to push off from what has become easy and familiar and go out into those areas where we may feel very vulnerable and uncertain of the outcome. Leadership Grand Rapids helped me to grow into a person with a wider perspective of what our city is in the process of becoming. It also helped me to have a better understanding of my place with in this process.