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You May Say I’m A Dreamer


I’m a bit of a dreamer.  An incurable optimist.

When it comes to considering what’s possible, my enthusiasm can sometimes be a little overwhelming…even to myself.

I have been accused of having my head in the clouds, being rose tinted, unrealistic and hopelessly naive.

And it is true. I am all of these things.

But this is also true…

If I didn’t get excited about possibilities, however improbable or impractical, I would not have switched careers and started my journey as a leadership coach – a vocation that makes me enormously happy, but was (at the time) a very scary move.

If I was a realist, I would not have started writing The Leaders Digest blog, which goes from strength to strength and brings me so much joy.

If I wasn’t such an “it IS possible and let’s give it a go” type of person, I never would not have asked the Chairman of Universal Music to be interviewed for The Leaders Digest. He accepted that invitation with as much enthusiasm as my offer – and here is it is.

I would not believe that one day I will become a contributor to Inc. – when they get sick of my incessant applications and give in to the pesky pain in the ass Kiwi chick who keeps hassling them – Inc. take note 😉

If I didn’t have this Positive Pollyanna Possibility gene, I would not think there will come time a when organisations all around the world will be largely predicated by highly-engaged employees.

A time where people are honest with each other, skilled in having crucial conversations and where leaders listened a lot more than they spoke.

Yup, call me idealistic.

I’m quite happy to say I share this terrible disorder with dudes like Richard Branson, Malala Yousafzai and even Martin Luther King. I’m pretty sure they have all been called hopelessly idealistic and naive many, many times.

Yes, I know the world needs realists and people who ground our lofty, unrealistic dreams.

Yes, this naivety has led me to try stuff and fail dismally. And look stupid. And be criticized. And at times have my deepest hopes, dreams and desires slap me in the face.

But I’m comfortable living with this affliction. I’m with John Lennon when he said…

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.

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Suzi McAlpine

Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of the award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in a variety of roles. Her experience has included being a head-hunter, an executive coach, and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm. Suzi provides a range of services as a Leadership Development Specialist, including executive coaching, leadership workshops and development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand.

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