Leadership Love Letter

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman 

I know you’re out there.
I’ve seen you work.
Put in long hours.
Sometimes it seems thankless.
Does anybody notice?
I want you to know that I see you. girllookingatsunrise-600x411

I see you get up each day, committed to a vision, to an idea, to a belief in something better for your team, your business, your health, your loved ones.

I love your difference.
I love that you spend time investing in reading and learning while others are spending and wasting precious moments in mindless entertainment.
I love that you care less about fitting in and more about standing out.

I love that you have a higher calling, to reach, stretch and move yourself and your world.

I know days can be long,
or that mornings often come too early.
And I know that you face doubters, skeptics, even hecklers and critics.

Whether you are leading as an entrepreneur, manager, innovator,
artist, trades person, senator, athlete, executive, community member, activist, parent, spouse, friend, neighbor, difference maker- you wonder.
Is it worth it? Can I do it?strugglingboxer

Please hear me.
I want to encourage you.
No great things comes without struggle.

I see beauty in your struggle,
strength in your vulnerability
and love in your dedication.

I see your drive, your perseverance, your passion.
I am in love with your dedication, belief, fortitude and yes also in your struggles and setbacks.

Leadership can be messy.
Learning is disorienting.
Risk can be unsettling.

I’ve seen you experience rock bottom lows,
then climb to new heights.

I have seen you shed your skin and expose yourself  to new ways of being and thinking in order to grow and manifest your next level of dreams.

Because you know that in order to get big results and have a big life, that you must risk losing the comfort and familiarity of a smaller one.

You know that your growth lies in moving through your fears, not around them.

"There is no passion to be found in playing small- in settling for a life that is less than the one that you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela

“There is no passion to be found in playing small- in settling for a life that is less than the one that you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela

Life is here to be experienced
and you are here to grow and raise the potential of all of humanity
by doing everything you can to reach and stretch yourself. Expand your capacity. Grow the world’s potential.

I know you have had great victories
and I know that so many more are coming your way.
And because we are all connected- I cheer for your vision, growth and success.

For you leader, I write this love letter.

I see you and I am inspired by you.  Keep going. Keep dreaming. Keep loving. Keep leading.

With deep appreciation and gratitude,

your coach, fan and friend,


Larysa Slobodian
L4 Leadership LLC


  1. Lisa February 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    Fantastic love letter, Larysa! Moving and inspiring. Life can be messy, disorienting and unsettling. Leading through it, even more so. Your articles remind us that we do not struggle alone; that there is great payoff for the struggle and great relationships are built in the trenches. Thank you for your relationship and leadership guidance in my life. I love what you do. Keep doing it!

  2. Larysa Slobodian February 12, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    Wow Lisa. Thank you for reading and for your comment. You inspire me too. Thank you so very much.

    Larysa Slobodian
  3. Holly February 13, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    Larysa, I see so much of YOU and YOUR huge heart in that love letter to all of us leaders – doing our best to lead our lives and make a difference in this world. You have such a beautiful way of expressing yourself with words. Each article brings up such vivid imagery for me. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and love.

  4. Katherine February 14, 2016 at 12:37 am #

    Beautifully written Larysa -straight from your heart!

  5. Sabina February 14, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    Larysa, what a courageous and beautiful step to take in your writing. To see, honor, and express what you see in others and how that helps you be your best so that they can be their best!

  6. Larysa Slobodian February 14, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    Thank you Holly. I am lucky to have learned from you and the wisdom that you so graciously share with me and others.

    Larysa Slobodian
  7. Larysa Slobodian February 14, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    Thank you Katherine. So wonderful to hear from you.

    Larysa Slobodian
  8. Larysa Slobodian February 14, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    Beautiful comment Sabina- from one of the most courageous people that I know. Thank you.

    Larysa Slobodian
  9. Maren February 16, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

    Very beautifully and thoughtfully written. And: inspiring!! Thanks for that. :)

  10. Larysa Slobodian February 16, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

    Thank you Maren. I hope you can see yourself in that letter.

    Larysa Slobodian
  11. Vera April 21, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

    Hi Larysa
    Haven’t seen you in a while but needed to let you know how moved I was by your letter. A true inspiration to me and to many.

  12. Larysa Slobodian April 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Thank you Vera. What a delight to hear from you. Thank you for your warm and encouraging comment. Your inspire me back!!

    Larysa Slobodian

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