I recently spoke at a university conference where I was asked, “What type of leadership is best utilized in leading an organization or team?”
There are numerous types of leaders. But many fall into two categories: The Aggressive Leader and The Committed Leader.
I describe the Aggressive Leader as one who moves very quickly and enters into a, “do as I say so” role. “-Never mind about your thoughts or ideas; I just want you to help me get there!” Aggressive Leaders don’t believe in a team effort or leaving a legacy. It’s about me, myself and I! This type of leader can accomplish success but one thought comes to mind — What will be the legacy once the reign comes to an end?
However, success is better achieved by one who leads by example and continues building and developing a pool of leaders through mentorship, so that the legacy does not end. Instead, it transcends over time. That is the leadership style of the Committed Leader.
In addition to legacy development and mentorship, sustainability in leadership is also very important to the Committed Leader. In this type of leadership style, one embraces a holistic approach in leading, making sure they engage their community and environment.
They are surrounded with friends and family who are themselves leaders and positive role models in the community. Committed Leaders are continuously finding and mentoring individuals who are eager to become leaders and make a positive difference in the lives of others.
I consider myself to be a Committed Leader. What type of leader do you want to be?
BPW Foundation is excited to share some good news for women business owners – the Senate has passed legislation to repeal the expanded IRS Form 1099 reporting requirement that was threatening to overwhelm small businesses with mountains of burdensome paperwork. With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate voted in favor of H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act, with 87 yeas and 12 nays. This bill, which already passed in the House, now goes to the President to be signed into law.
BPW Foundation supported the passage of this legislation, which prevented an onerous tax reporting requirement that would have had a substantially negative impact on all small businesses, including those owned by women. Given that women owned businesses already face additional challenges, the negative impacts of these reporting requirements are magnified for women business owners.
Last year, in a shortsighted effort to raise additional tax revenue, Congress expanded the Form 1099 requirement to force business owners to report any business expense over $600 to the IRS. According to one woman business owner who testified on Capitol Hill last fall, this would have increased her 1099 reporting by 500%. With the cost of tax paperwork on small businesses averaging $74 per hour, this could amount to businesses having to additionally spend thousands of dollars each year.
There are 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the United States – a 20.1% increase from 2002 to 2007. In 2008, majority women-owned businesses in the U.S. had a total economic impact of $2.8 trillion. That translates into the creation and maintenance of more than 23.7 million jobs, and accounts for 16% of all U.S. jobs. While BPW Foundation applauds Congressional efforts to repeal the Form 1099 reporting requirements, Congress needs to ensure that future actions do not add to the challenges these major drivers of our economy face at a time when our economy is struggling to recover from recessionary times.
I attended a memorable event on yesterday in Washington, DC representing BPW at the US Department of Labor’s Celebration of Women’s History Month – A Conversation with Honorable Sonia M. Sotomayor. I received a special inviation from US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Women’s Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Diaz. This event highlighted the important roles that both Honorable Sotomayor and Secretary Solis play in breaking down the gender and culturally based stereotypes that keep women and girls from reaching their full potential.
Thank you for visiting my blog. This is where I will take you on a personal journey with me on some of my travels. Also introducing you to people I have met and things I have experienced and continue to explore. It is my hope that you will become inspired as I share with you inspiring messages and lessons learned as I continue to build on my success.
Now, this is not a one way street, I encourage you to leave some messages as well, so that others are inspired by your journey in life. We can all learn from each other’s experiences. Let’s begin this online journal and build our journey to success together. Motivating, Mentoring and Empowering.
All the best, Roslyn