You’ve attended leadership trainings, workshops and conferences. They may have approached topics at the surface-level only, leaving you hungry for more. Or even worse, you didn’t learn anything new.
Maybe you’ve attended women’s retreats that focused on the personal and spiritual aspects of your life. You may have practiced Yoga, danced and drank wine. All good stuff, but difficult to translate to the world of work where you need the most support and guidance.
If you are seeking a women’s leadership development experience that is purposeful yet fun, community-oriented but also individualized to your needs, join me for the next Women’s Leadership Workshop.
These intensive learning experiences are based on research about women’s development and new thinking about leadership. You will explore concepts through lecture, journaling activities, small group dialogue and more. (No dancing, though. Wine, maybe.)
Central to each workshop are the following key concepts that are a call to action. Tailored to women, they teach us how to become brave leaders at work and at home.
Only recently have women had access to power in any real way. This includes economic, political, and social power. Because of this, power is unfamiliar and we are less comfortable using it, let alone pursuing it.
We need to reframe power so it works for us. We use power in our lives every day, but it may show up differently. For some women, it may look like serving and helping others. For others, pursuing a passion or a calling that is larger than themselves.
Whatever it is for you, as soon as you reframe it, you will be more comfortable using it. And it is this shift in consciousness that helps women move into positions of power as leaders.
For women, fear is a familiar experience that shows up as anxiety, lack of confidence, self-doubt and hesitation. It causes insecurity, and this inhibits our effectiveness as leaders.
New advances in brain research have illuminated the science behind fear. For example, we know the amygdala is the fear center of the brain. When it is in control, the prefrontal cortex, which is critical to leadership, is essentially turned off.
We must learn how to quiet this fear center and activate other parts of our brains that allow for critical thinking, innovation and positive emotions that propel us forward as leaders.
More than ever before, the world needs brave women leaders. The world needs you. To be brave, we must take risks and act. But risk makes us feel vulnerable and threatens to confirm our fears about ourselves.
And yet, taking risks and acting are antidotes to fear. Research shows that even when we fail, we win. We gain in confidence, we learn more about ourselves, and we become more resilient.
Women are very good at caring for others at the office, in our community, and at home. We need to do this for ourselves as well.
Not just because it is the right thing to do (even though it is), but because research clearly shows that self-compassion helps us recover from setbacks more quickly and acts as a subconscious safety net, making us more likely to take on new challenges like leadership.