News From LBD
March 2017 Volume 7 Issue 3
        Saint Patrick and Leadership
     For thousands of years, Irish Catholics have traditionally celebrated St. Patrick's Day by attending church in the morning and celebrating in the afternoon with a huge feast, honoring Ireland's patron saint. But who was Saint Patrick? The truth is much of his life is a mystery.
    What is known about St. Patrick is that he was born in England to wealthy parents near the end of the 4th century. Around age 16 he was kidnapped by Irish pirates from his parents' estate in the Roman province of Britain and sold into slavery in Ireland. He spent six years in captivity. Patrick wrote in a letter of an "angel" speaking to him in a dream, telling him to become a missionary in Ireland. He eventually escaped to follow this dream.
    Patrick attended training to become a priest in Ireland and was eventually made a bishop. He converted many of the Irish people from paganism to Christianity. St. Patrick is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D., and many villagers across Ireland mourned his death on this day because he was regarded as an inspirational and dynamic leader. From that point on his legend and the celebration grew.
    St. Patrick's Day was recognized as a national holiday in the United States after thousands of Irish people immigrated to the country in the 1880s, bringing their traditions with them.
    The first U.S. St. Patrick's Day parade took place in New York City on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through the city. Although the celebration is now more about a party than the man, Patrick's legacy of leading a pagan Ireland to Christianity is historic. Folk lore and legend tell of his courage, determination, humbleness and caring of others. He followed his dream (vision), had a mission, and strove to be the best he could be in completing that mission.   
    Follow your dreams, serve others, strive to be the best you can be, then celebrate your accomplishments.


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The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks -- In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.

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Leadership Tip of the Month

Maybe you didn't think that dreaming was part of being a leader. Well, it is! In fact dreaming is one of the first things you need to do as a leader.

Young people often have big hopes and dreams for what they can do to improve their worlds. If each one of us could remember our dreams as children, we might recall that we had some ideas too.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Now that's a dream!
Now it's your turn. Turn your dreams into a vision. Write out a few sentences of how you want some part of your world to be. Your vision statement will remind you of where you want to be going.
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John Branstad
John Branstad

Quote of the Month
"Every accomplishment starts with a dream and a decision to pursue that dream."
John Branstad