Balancing Life and Leadership

Posted by Ann Deaton Share Your Voice


Last week found me at a conference that offered some incredible lessons on leadership, many of them unexpected:

  • One young man by the name of Matt showed me the value of greeting everyone with warmth and pleasure
  • A physician demonstrated how adept a person can be at balancing more balls than most of us can imagine, and the power of letting go of some of those balls in order to focus on what's truly important
  • Three women shared their dream and how they'd brought it into reality, presenting a check and a stack of resources for others to use
  • A conference organizer shared her vulnerability, acknowledging "I imagined I could be two places at once and now realize I am only human!"

What conference was it? The Down Syndrome National Congress in Washington DC, where I had the pleasure of spending a morning with a room full of amazing affiliate chapter leaders to share some tools for self awareness and creating balance in their lives and their leadership. Not surprisingly, I came away from the session inspired by the contributions these individuals are making. They are committed to making the world a better place for all of us, with all of our diverse values, talents, and challenges. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of supporting you in bringing your gifts to the world. And, even though we all agree on the value of saying NO, don't expect me to turn down an invitation to join your amazing group in Denver next year!

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Small Ann Deaton I am a leadership coach, and Managing Partner in Bounce. I love to coach and facilitate with individuals and systems experiencing significant change and growth. The clients I work with, regardless of their age or position, are talented and creative individuals willing to look with fresh eyes at their challenges and opportunities, and to take action based on their discoveries. As a result, they find that they are capable of accomplishing far greater things than they ever imagined. What do you want to accomplish today? Who do you want to be?


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