The tale of a forgiving leader

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The tale of a forgiving leader


Forgiveness is a top leadership quality that has been shown to foster higher integrity, more creativity, increased teamwork and greater productivity.  Research shows that the earlier we learn and practice emotional intelligence skills such as forgiveness, the more we cultivate better leadership qualities, social skills, self-awareness and healthy relationships.  As a leadership coach, I am always seeking great role models to exemplify the characteristics of emotional intelligence and sometimes find them in the most interesting places.

Meet Grace. She was rescued off the streets of Miami abused, neglected and pregnant. When I met first met her, she was in a constant state of fear… trembling, cowering and/or threatening attack when anything moved too close to her. Once she was rescued, I had a first hand seat to witness the power of forgiveness transform Gracie into a kind, sweet, loving mama. This picture is from her first boat ride and a great capture of her allowing her heart to open and her spirit be free again.  She was a leader in action demonstrating that while there might of been forces in her past trying to stop her, Grace prevailed. She is the inspiration of my latest kid’s book, Grace & Bella – the Forgiving Heart.

In this book, Bella learns from Gracie:

  1. While the past may have contained great pain and trauma, there are always beauty in trusting, letting go and loving again
  2. How to listen to your heart to make the right decisions
  3. We hurt others because we are hurt. We have the power within our hearts to stop this pain from carrying through us through the act of forgiveness and be a leader in positive change.
  4. What is Grace and how to give it to others
  5. Talking points and healing tools for Grace and forgiveness included

To celebrate the book’s release, I am giving the first three signed copies for the best stories of forgiveness. Please share your story in the comments below or email me at

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Jenny Craig
Jenny Craig
Jenny R. Craig, LCSW, BCD is a leadership coach, team builder, speak and author utilizing her expertise in assisting leaders in creating authentic, profound, long-lasting impact in their organizations and personal lives. She is a confidential advisor and sounding board to top senior and emerging executives and leaders, CEOs, nonprofit leaders, diplomats, entrepreneurs, artists and visionaries, giving tools to unleash their potential and take quantum leaps to success. A dynamic and riveting speaker, Jenny has taught her life-changing training all over the world. She is a powerful influence in her field in psychology, having trained psychologists and coaches in 48 states on her techniques, has spoken at the United Nations, published five books and been part of two best sellers. Jenny leads leadership deep dives and transformational coaching. As an innovator in brain-training tools, Jenny is the creator of the “ I am grateful for™” ring, numerous train-the-trainer programs and a six-week self-guided curriculum on emotional intelligence. Her curriculum has helped people move past self-sabotage and train their brains to break through to higher levels of success. She also offers her curriculum to help increase entrepreneurship, decrease bullying in schools and increase total wellness. As a top change agent, Jenny has appeared on WINK, CBS, FOX, PBS and the Lifetime Network, been awarded 2018 LEAD award as a top leadership coach, been named WE magazine’s 2014 Who’s Who Among Women, 2012 American Business Woman Association Neapolitan Woman of the Year, Gulfshore Business’s 40 under 40, the guru of interest in Gulfshore Life, Sapphire Award Inscape Publishing, IMPACT Leadership 21’s United Nations Academy, diplomat and distinguished speaker on Emotional Intelligence at Hodges University. Jenny recently taught Emotional Intelligence for an independent course at Columbia University School of International Public Affairs (SIPA) Fall 2015.

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