All posts tagged: Women

Leap with grace – The courage to be unpopular

Leading is not easy. I was giving a workshop on managerial courage last week, and courage lives in everyone. All you need to do is get the tools to tap into it when feeling frozen, defeated, overwhelmed, overworked or better yet, develop greater self-awareness to know how to get over yourself and be able act long before feeling that way. As the character Benjamin in “We bought a zoo” said: “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally, 20 seconds of just embarrassing bravery”. Leap. “Just like that.” If you keep doing different versions of the same thing and are waiting for things to change, they won’t unless you leap. Leaping further into your leadership means that making unpopular decisions with grace is part of your daily routine. It also means you will be wrong many times and judged based on the biases your team and colleagues around you have. I was having dinner with a dear friend last night and we were having a great conversation about women and different ways to …

The impact of leaders in action – Are you up for the challenge?

“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 …