Women Who Lead


This space was created specifically for women who lead.  

It contains insights gained from my own experience, as well as wisdom gleaned from those who served as mentors and sponsors along the way.

I am convinced that, regardless of where you are on your leadership journey, you will find information to help you grow and become a better leader who leads.  

Women Who Lead

I had the priviledge of completing the Smith College Consortium on Strategic Thinking. 

For two weeks I had the opportunity to collaborate with a group of dynamic women from Fortune 100 companies.

It was there that these words, penned by Marianne Williamson, were etched in my memory:   

We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,

talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" 

Since that day, it has been my mission to be authentic, be bold and be credible. And encourage others to be the same.

The ABCs

We all have to start from somewhere, so let's start with the ABCs:

  • Be Authentic
  • Be Bold
  • Be Credible

Be Authentic

Each of us is an original.  Like no one else.  

We are unique, valuable and possess our own genius.  That is what we bring to our positions of leadership.

If you have not done so, please take a few minutes to complete your personality profile:

Now that you have a deeper insight into your own personality, you can better leverage your strengths in your position of leadership.

Be Bold

Another part of Marianne Williamson's poem reads like this:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

Women who lead are not in the habit of playing it safe. 

Therefore, being bold requires that we press beyond the borders of comfort zones in order to achieve uncommon results.  This is the "stuff" Tempered Radicals are made of. 

At times being bold means standing alone.  It means having the courage to move forward, even in the presence of fear.

Be Credible

There can be no doubt that leaders make an indelible imprint in the lives of those they lead, either a positive one or a negative one.  

Those who make a positive difference possess the 3 Cs of Credibility:

  • Competence
  • Character 
  • Composure

Credibility is built over a lifetime but can be lost in a moment, in the blink of an eye.

In Summary

Those who possess the ABCs in increasing measure are powerful, a force to be reckoned with, producing uncommon results. 

Yes, that sounds just like you!

If you should ask yourself, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

This is my reply:  "Actually, who are you not to be?" (Smile!)

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