Women are excited for more reasons than just one! We kick off this month by celebrating WOMEN. This is our month, and although we should not wait until just March to celebrate, nonetheless, here we are with March marking the national observance of Women’s History Month. If that is not exciting enough, March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day that not only highlights and celebrates powerful women and their achievements, but also seeks to bring awareness to the issues that still exist for women around the globe.
Women from all walks of life are continuously creating history by recognizing their potential and becoming more empowered everyday. Women’s equality has also come an incredibly long way, making tremendous strides of progress throughout the years. Figuratively speaking, women have gone from just looking through to breaking the “glass ceiling” that separated them from the unique challenges they faced compared to men in the workplace. And now, in the most recent years, we hear of more and more women making strides professionally and “shattering the glass ceiling.”
Women are no longer seeking the proverbial corporate key, but are launching their own businesses and carving out their own pathways to success by creating atmospheres for themselves that allow them to be more flexible in supporting the needs of their personal and professional lives. Gone are the days of women walking into the unforeseen glass barrier that has awaited us for so many years, we are now seeing the glass pieces shatter as we walk through to empower ourselves and balance the playing field. We know that there is still much work to be done, however the advancements that women have made in recent history cannot be ignored.
This Women’s History Month, take time to celebrate all that women has accomplished. Here are a few snapshots of women who have made strides in 2014, check out Women Shattering Glass Ceiling, Reaching New Heights in 2014. Help continue the movement by recognizing some of the wonderful women in your lives that not only influence and motivate you but others as well to be empowered every day. By the way, make sure you stop by and post a comment recognizing your Powerful Woman. We would love to hear from you!
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Rania AL Abdullah, Queen of Jordan states that “If one girl with courage is a revolution, imagine what feats we can achieve together.” This was in an open letter to girls all around the world as a part of CNN’s “Girls Rising” project which I had the opportunity to see. What a moving and effective film displaying how the power of education can help to change a girl. Read more on her open letter: Rania Al Abdullah, Queen Of Jordan, Writes Amazing Letter To Girls Everywhere.
This is a reminder to all of us….spread the word, Get Out the Vote! Nothing we have to do is so important that we cannot take time to vote and to voice our opinions about the men and women who represent us at every level of government local, state or national. Our foremothers’ history we need to remember will be depicted here over the next few days. These will be stories of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago. How long will we wait:
I received an email notification from Yahoo and let me tell you I was quite surprised. Here is a letter written by my best friend nominating me for their award. So please indulge me as I am truly honored and certainly would like your support:
Dear Friends and Family:
I am nominating my best friend from High School, Roslyn Ridgeway for Yahoo’s Women Who Shine Award. Roslyn has devoted over 20 years to Community Service, Nonprofit Leadership and has been a voice for all Women, while Motivating and Inspiring them to find abundant success. This would be a great honor for her and I would appreciate all of your assistance in helping Roslyn become the honoree.
Please Vote for Roslyn! It only takes less than a minute of your time to cast your vote for her, by clicking on this link Women Who Shine. Also please feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts on why Roslyn should win this award.
By the way, take the liberty of sharing this with your friends. The more people who vote, the greater Roslyn’s chances are at winning.
So, join Karen and I by casting your vote today!
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?