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In a leadership development context, we often talk about how vital it is to create connection, community, and collaboration in high-growth culture. Rarely do we talk about the opposite - loneliness. Yet, loneliness, driven by a highly mobile society that is addicted to our iPhones and social media likes, takes a huge toll on a person's vitality and creativity.

One of my biggest aha moments came with the discovery that many of my leadership development and spiritual formation lessons were rooted in my childhood. I grew up in an eight-hundred-square-foot homestead shack on an isolated cattle ranch in northwestern North Dakota. I had the privilege of being an eyewitness and an active participant to character-building challenges on a daily basis. Using an outhouse until I was thirteen, no running water in the house… North Dakota conditions were tough for a young girl, don’t you think?