Throughout the life of a business, a charity, a ministry or a movement, as a leader you have to constantly come back to why was this idea formed? Why was this ministry started? What was the inspiration to start this business?
I love the process of identifying the right people. I am passionate about a thorough and complete interview. If you have interviewed alongside me or been interviewed by me, you will know exactly how passionate I am about interviewing.
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 believe human trafficking can end because I believe that what some believe impossible can be made possible. I have always believed that… any time someone said to me, “you can’t do that”, my first thought was always, “why not?”
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.
As part of a Q&A session with Hope for Justice CEO, Ben Cooley, we asked: What have your anti slavery programs gained from going international?
As part of a Q&A session with Hope for Justice CEO, Ben Cooley, we asked: Why do you believe in ending slavery?