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James Blake and creating grace

James Blake
(Image credit: James Blake (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images))

Retired tennis player James Blake turned the experience of being wrongfully arrested in New York City into two things good. One was a fellowship for victims’ rights.

The second is the book “Ways of Grace: Stories of Activism, Adversity and How Sports Can Bring Us Together.” It tells the story of men and women activists who defied authority in the cause of the greater good.

Inspiring as these stories are, they exemplify the concept of grace.

For believers, grace is both the knowledge of living in the spirit of a higher power. For laypeople, grace sense of self that enables one to maintain equilibrium in the face of hardship.

Grace for both is putting what you believe into practice for the betterment of others. And, for that reason, it resonates strongly with leaders.

Leaders who demonstrate grace are those who are first and foremost comfortable in their own skins. They know themselves, warts and all. They shore up shortcomings with people who can do tasks with better fluency.

Grace in all of its dimensions, most of all courage, is something that enriches a leader’s perspective making him or her at once admirable as well as accessible.

Grace plays to aspiration of followers. We want to emulate those we admire, and we seek to follow their example.

John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. In 2018, Trust Across America honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Trust. Also in 2018, named Baldoni a Top 100 Leadership Speaker. Global Gurus ranked him No. 22 on its list of top 30 global experts, a list he has been on since 2007. In 2014, named Baldoni to its list of top 50 leadership experts. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including his newest, “MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership.”

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