Linda Singh was once a homeless high-school dropout, and now commands the Maryland Army National Guard as a Brigadier General. In this article, Singh shares her story publicly in order to help others 'go from hopelessness to success.'
Based on her experiences, her top three leadership lessons are value diversity, always be authentic, and mentor others. Singh's resiliency is quite incredible, and her advice about being eager to engage in other people's experiences different from your own, and a willingness to be 'present' in your job every day can help all of us live more meaningful lives.
Leadership is the ability to change. As I see them adapting the ways they approach problems and working to find solutions in new and better ways, I’m encouraged. Most of the people I speak to haven’t seen what I’ve seen, and I’m glad. But I’m also glad I can bring them leadership lessons from a different life where nothing is taken for granted and value really does come from adversity.