It might not always be clear in the moment where the road is taking you but eventually you’ll be able to connect the dots when you look back.
Sometimes it can be difficult not really knowing how something will benefit you or really just being able to know to the answer to the question: “what's the point of doing this?” It’s not always going to jump right out at you which can be frustrating and cause you to panic. If it’s something you’re passionate about, then keep chugging along because no matter what it’ll be a learning experience.
Jonathan Kroll thinks back to his first experience with leadership when he was on a six week trip to Israel and saw that there were two groups that were separated from each other and he took on the role to bridge them together. He was the one to break the ice and open up the communication line, which ended up working in his favor.
Following along with his passion, he got very involved in student activities during college, which led him to explore the role of leadership. He wasn’t sure about where it was taking him but he knew he was onto something. It wasn’t until after he had gotten his Ph.D and traveled to Nicaragua when he realized what he wanted to spend the rest of his life doing; he hasn’t looked back.
Over the past ten years he has been facilitating leadership programs in the country to help empower & educate the youth. Within the past few months, Jon has launched The Leadership Institute for Development, Education, and Research (LiDER) where they envision a “world where individuals and organizations effectively lead their organizations and communities with compassion and resonance.”
Episode takeaway: If what you’re doing feels right even when people are telling you otherwise or you’re unsure of where you’ll be next month or six months down the line… take the risk and follow through with it. Worse comes to worse you learn from the experience & you’ll be glad to know you followed through with it.
Who is Jonathan Kroll today?
First opportunity for Jon to step up into a leadership role
6 week Youth trip to Israel
Went to Quinnipiac for undergraduate degree & got involved within student life
Student government, orientation, residential hall assistant, etc
Mentors guided Jon to pursue his masters as well as his PH.D
Two things to grow to the top in the industry of education
Have background in residential life
Needed a PH.D
Asking different questions in the education system
What’re you passion about versus what do you want to major in
Create spaces to journey along with students
Technology affecting higher education for the future
Leadership Institute of Developed & Education (LiDER)
Went to Nicaragua in 2005 for six months that he realized his passion & how his PH.D fit into it
Started facilitating leadership programs & loved the work
Why Nicaragua of all places?
Leadership opportunities here in the U.S.
Everyone having the potential to become a leader
Operating a nonprofit in Boston, thousands of miles away
How to build your leadership today
Think about what you want to do for the world grand scale/today
Take this vision and turn it into action
The importance of traveling abroad to other countries
Getting involved with the LiDER
Volunteer three different ways:
Time: help with events and coordinating everything
Talent: Leadership educator or background experience to help build organization
Treasure: Dollars or things to donate
Three things Jon is most grateful for today
Privilege he was born with, family & friends, & determination to continue with his vision
What does Jon want to be remembered for?
Being known as someone who created different leadership cultures around the globe
Picture frame on the wall 10 years from now, what/who do we see?
Surrounded by the people that Jon is serving
Ask Bobbbaaaay 1 question
A leadership defining moment that changed your perspective?
Where can people find Jon on social media
What 2-3 pieces of advice would you give to someone on the pursuit of their own purpose/passion?
Keep getting at it - there might not be a “aha” moment right away
Find mentors/advisors/supporters who can help you process it & that ask questions
Put yourself in uncomfortable situations