Hi! My name is Kayla and this is Learning to Lead, a leadership blog following my everyday experiences in learning how to lead well.

About 12 years ago, at the start of my career, I would have told you I was a pretty good leader (and you may have rolled your eyes at the sound of arrogance in my tone). It didn’t take long for real life situations to offer me a slice of humble pie and I began to understand that leadership was more than being strong-willed, opinionated, and bossy.

Since then, experience has widely broadened my perspectives. Today I am more acutely aware of what it takes to be a great leader, and how far I seem to be from that reality on most days. So, you might say I’ve become a leadership junkie. I love studying leaders around me and making mental notes on how they inspire people and manage situations. I read and listen to whatever I can get my hands on about leadership and the next generation. I thrive on evaluating processes and outcomes for effectiveness and efficiency. Honestly, I’m just eager to get better at this thing.

I’m convinced that we grow best through collaboration, by building on the ideas, knowledge, and experiences of one another. So I invite you to journey with me as I share about purpose and passion, successes and shortcomings, and the things I’m discovering along the way. I look forward to introducing you to a some leaders who I think are knocking this thing out of the park, telling you about some practical tools and resources for leadership and working with the next generation in particular, and hearing your feedback and opinions.

My hope is that as you lead in your business, organization, school, church, or home, you will find parts of my journey to be of use to you so that we can learn to navigate leadership and pursue excellence together.

Kayla Pardy-Joy

Kayla currently works with children’s, youth, and young adult leaders as the Director of Next Gen Ministries for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland & Labrador. She has also taught junior high school with the Newfoundland & Labrador English School District. Kayla is married to her wonderful husband, Matthew, and they have two beautiful children, Kendrick and Kerri-Ella.