“Greater things are yet to come,
Greater things are still to be done in this city.”
God has made himself very present in the city of Detroit. The city is not abandon. It is not hopeless. It is not worthless, or no use. I think that it is quite the opposite actually. I love the city of Detroit and I believe it is making a come back. There is a grander plan.
“You’re the light in this darkness,
You’re the hope to the hopeless,
You’re the peace to the restless,
There is no one like our God.”
(At the Detroit Institute of Art)
As my Leadership Advancement Scholar Cohort embarked on a service trip to Detroit, along with the CMU Leadership Institute, it was incredibly evident that the city of Detroit is so filled with hope, faith, change. It is growing every single day. The revival of the city is occurring rapidly. Watch out people!
SO, my LAS cohort went to Detroit! YES! Whoooo! You saw the pre-Detroit trip post right?! Well anyways, our class along with some professors and the leadership director, took a big charter bus down to the D for the weekend, and had the absolute best time ever! We served, we toured, we ate, we bonded, we laughed, we slept, we did so much more! One short weekend jammed packed weekend of awesomeness! In the video above, is a #MovetoDetroit campaign. And guess what?! That company in the video is just one of the cool places we toured! For real though, their office space and building is sick! It's also connected to Ford Field, which we got to tour as well. Lowe Campbell Ewald is a very new, innovative, hip, young advertising agency. It was really fun to see how it operated! I learned that a lot of agencies are starting to follow the trend of #MovetoDetroit, along with many entrepreneurs, because there is so much chance and opportunity in the city.
Here is a little tour of the city, from one of my favs, Big Sean of course!
The most eye-opening part of the LAS Detroit trip for me was how many of my fellow peers had never been to Detroit, or were a little afraid of it. Some people's comments just really surprised me. I also really liked seeing the school we facilitated leadership development to, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. It reminded me of concept in this clip that I watched one day in my sociology class. (The Harlem Children's Zone)
One example of leadership during the trip was a small little instance, but when Dan Gaken gave up his gloves to me, because I forgot mine on the bus. It was a small little act of kindness, but Dan didn't even blink before he was taking his gloves off to give them to me. Leadership is about putting others before your self. A good leader will "wash someone else's feet" (bible reference), in the theory of Servant Leadership.It is a common misconception among those who want to exercise a leadership role over others that it's about the glory, power, and positions of honor. Putting your followers first and demonstrating those small little acts of leadership is what it's all about.