Upon a recent trip to Uganda, I was able to visit one of our many self-help groups. It was great to see it first-hand and to also hear stories of how communities are working together in order to achieve financial stability. These groups are game changers in the fight against modern slavery.
So, I met a lot of leaders at the beginning. Asking a lot of the questions. Most of them had no idea who I was…and probably still don’t, but I met with them and asked about leadership, and team building, and strategy, and communications.
I asked them, ‘what’s the best piece of advice you could give me?’.
I never thought this before I became a leader, but here’s what I have learned: getting more never solves your problems.
When I think right back to the start of Hope for Justice, I remember saying to our small team - “If I can get just ten more staff, more donors, more projects running, then we will have achieved what we are setting out to.”
It’s the lie of more.
I firmly believe in this statement - do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. At Hope for Justice, we are passionate and we are pioneering. To pioneer is something we love to do. We are one of the few, if not the only organisation that does what we do. It’s a pioneer model. Which means we have also experienced our fair share of controversy.