Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Soft Skills for Leaders with Lisa Evans

Dec 6, 2021

No matter how much we carefully plan our lives, struggles will always be present. We are given adversities to build the resilience that will help us in overcoming the unthinkable.

In this episode, I have a captivating conversation with Kwesi Millington who is a speaker, coach, author, and former police officer. Kwesi has been empowering people particularly the youth by sharing his professional and personal struggles.

The defining moment that will change Kwesi’s life forever happened while he was working as a police officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A man was acting violently at Vancouver International Airport. 

He and three police officers started handling the situation in a regular conversation then it eventually led to a struggling arrest and sadly, the man died of heart failure.

Although the incident was recorded and the court cleared Kwesi of any wrongdoings, he was still tried and convicted of perjury. He ended up serving 10 months in a correctional system in Canada.

During his time in jail, Kwesi realized that adversities in life are inevitable. He knew that he has a purpose and that is to be of help to others. When he got out of jail, it didn’t mean that he was completely free.

He endured decades of public scrutiny and bullying that he still gets from time to time. Instead of dwelling on the negative, Kwesi made it a point to look for something in every adversity he undergoes.

Kwesi manages to turn every struggle into an ability to rise above adversity. He wants to share this empowering movement with people who are going through any difficulties.

Kwesi never thought that doing the job he believed would make a difference in other people's lives, will greatly change his. Now, with his speaking and coaching programs, he wants people to realize that life may be filled with obstacles, but we can always rise and overcome it all.

Time Stamps:

  • Kwesi's journey to becoming a police officer (03:02)
  • The critical moment that changed his life forever (05:12)
  • Going through the stages of grief (08:43)
  • The level of psychological support while in prison (11:02) 
  • Kwesi’s way of dealing with online bullying (14:53)
  • Who is Kwesi empowering right now? (17:09)
  • His process of writing his book Rise (19:30) 
  • Kwesi's advice for people going through adversities (22:00)
  • The changes in his life since becoming a parent (24:55)

Connect With Lisa Evans
Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram
Connect with me on LinkedIn

Connect With Kwesi Millington
Listen to Kwesi’s podcast Rise The Podcast here.
Get a copy of Kwesi’s book RISE - The 8 Keys to Overcoming Adversity here.

For full show notes visit: