Leadership Love Letter for YOU!

“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, for the world.

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, gossip and complaining.

I am inspired that you live in solution and resist falling into the quicksand of worry, despair and complaining.

I know that wisdom can come through experience and when you learn to recognize the quicksand, you walk around it.

I love that you care less about fitting in and more about standing out and even standing UP!

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

I know days can be long, nights can seem longer,
and 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, refugee, immigrant, activist, parent, spouse, friend, neighbor, difference maker- you wonder.
Is it worth it? Can I do it?


Please hear me.
I want to encourage you. You can do it. You ARE doing it.
No great thing comes without struggle. Struggle is not failure. Struggle is part of life. You are alive.

And when you do struggle, make good use of it by learning, growing and encouraging your heart and others.

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

Keep walking towards the sunrise.

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.

The world can be scary and uncontrollable. Many people are suffering. Focus on doing what you can do, not on what you can not.

You may feel lonely.  Please know, that you are not alone.  Keep searching.

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.

I see your pain and worry and encourage you to rest, breathe, and believe deeply in yourself, just as I do believe deeply in you.

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.

Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts with others in the comments section below.

With deep appreciation and gratitude,

your coach, fan and friend,


Larysa Slobodian, MA

L4 Leadership LLC


  1. M. J. October 26, 2023 at 9:34 pm #

    Thanks for the article and for the encouragement!

  2. Karyna October 26, 2023 at 10:18 pm #

    Larysa, thank you for writing this love letter! It really uplifted me today. My favorite part is about how great things come with struggle. Thank you for reminding us that struggle is not failure and it is a part of being alive. In this world full of stressful moments, this simple notion is easy to forget.

    It’s wonderful to learn daily how to make good use of our struggles and find strength in our vulnerability. At times, it even becomes contagious to others.

  3. Larysa Slobodian October 27, 2023 at 9:30 am #

    Thank you Karyna! I am so happy to read your comment and I am so glad to hear that you found it helpful. You doing amazing work in the world and make a tremendous difference to so many people! Thank for reading and for sharing!

    Larysa Slobodian
  4. Larysa Slobodian October 27, 2023 at 9:30 am #

    You are very welcome MJ. Glad to see you here.

    Larysa Slobodian
  5. Tamara October 27, 2023 at 5:26 pm #

    Larysa- this is such a wonderful and important article, thank you for writing it and sharing it broadly! So many important points to remember as we persevere through this life! Thanks for this gift!

  6. Melissa October 27, 2023 at 6:14 pm #

    Thank you so much for your support and words of encouragement. It’s wonderful to read something positive.

  7. Larysa Slobodian October 28, 2023 at 10:41 am #

    Thank you for reading and sharing your comments Tamara! You are an amazing leader!

    Larysa Slobodian
  8. Larysa Slobodian October 28, 2023 at 10:43 am #

    Thank you for being so encouraging Melissa!

    Larysa Slobodian

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