It doesn't mean we don't stand up for ourselves and others. What it means is we decide which arguments are worth attending. And when we do engage in conflict, we show up with class. With integrity. We model for others what we want to see more of in the world.
Teachers, parents, adults...kids are listening. You matter. They are listening and taking in all of that good, really important stuff you have to say, and they are carrying it in their hearts.
That is a big part of leadership. Leadership is looking deeply at humans and our impact on them. Leadership is action. Leadership transcends titles, positions, age...
Some of the peace and quiet I've enjoyed up to this point in my life has come from staying small and playing it safe. When a big thought or creative idea comes my way, instead of asking myself, "Does this light me up on the inside?" My first thought is often, "What will other people think..."
I need a t-shirt that says, "Make Feedback Normal." I don't want to feel like I'm being chased by lions. I want to feel like I'm nourishing my heart, mind, and spirit as I work to evolve and grow into the best human being and leader that I can be.