PMP284: Triumph over Tragedy with Timothy Alexander

Timothy Alexander is a bestselling writer, award-winning speaker, and life coach who thrives at the intersection of character development, counseling, and mentorship. After a life changing car accident in 2006 left him paralyzed from the neck down, Timothy has embodied a “never give up” spirit that inspires educators to do the impossible in their schools and lives. 

Currently, Alexander serves as the character coach for UAB Football and Women’s Basketball. He travels across the country sharing his story of resiliency in an effort to motivate and inspire student athletes to live life to the fullest. 

In this week’s episode, Timothy Alexander addresses how painful experiences and adversity breed resilience in students and educators.

He also discusses the three questions he uses to develop leadership in others, including asking:

  • Who are you?
  • Why are you here?
  • Who do you do it for?

Timothy shares how to stay centered in your leadership so that you continue serving with integrity. In addition, he tells a moving story about how to show compassionate responses to hard questions from students. Finally, he explains why leaders must model what they expect others to deliver.

Find out more about Timothy Alexander’s resources or brining him to your school at his website: or through his work with Growing Leaders at

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William D. Parker
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