“What. after all. is the purpose of a woman’s life? The purpose of a woman’s life is just the same as the purpose of a man’s life: that she may make the best possible contribution to the generation in which she is living. _ Louise McKinney”
This quote kicked off “The Lady Savant Society’s” Lunch & Learn I lead on October 21st about “Elevating your leadership style”. We discussed about what it takes to be a woman leader in what a lot of us see as a male’s driven world. We shared our successes, failures, what we learned about ourselves from all of them, the different contexts in which we come from and what type of leader each of us ought to be in the world.
When it comes to leadership and what it entails, saying you are a leader does not make you one. Simon Sinek who I read his “notes to inspire” every morning quotes “Saying you’re a leader doesn’t make you a leader. Leading makes you a leader.”
It is no secret that it is in the actions we take that the world can truly benefit from what we have to offer. It does not always go flawlessly or as planned and that is actually the beauty of it. Action makes us move forward and be better every time. This is the one thing that makes the difference between getting ahead or not.
I meet too many successful and brilliant people who are stuck with incredible ideas that if not executed by them, either someone else will and they will regret not taking action quicker or will torture themselves months or years with questions like “where do I start?”, “how do I start?”, “is this the right thing for me?”, “am I the right person for it?”.
My answers to each of these questions are:
- It does not matter where you start, start somewhere.
- Drop “how” from your vocabulary. There is no “how” for something that has never been done. This is your opportunity to create it! If it has been done before, research about it, act and make it even better with your own flavor.
- The only way to know if it is the right thing for you is to act. If I tell you that dark chocolate is good for your heart – it will only become true or false if you eat it. Other than that, it will delay the benefits and will stay a hypothetical concept of possibility out there in the future.
- Yes you are the right person, or else you would have never had this idea.
Whatever your goals are, however you seek to impact your organization or the world, you are the perfect person for it. Act on!
Self-Expression Manifesto of the week: Act on!
Join the conversation: Share with us a moment you took action and were so blessed that you took it and the impact it had on your team, your organization and/or the people around you.