Embracing Your Unique Leadership Style
What springs to your mind when I say the word ‘leader’?
Extroverted? Charismatic? Assertive? Driven? Experienced?
It’s easy to think that in order to be recognised as a leader, you need to have a certain set of skills, or act and do things in a particular way.
For many mid-career professional women I know, the (outdated!) stereotypes of what it means to be a great leader don’t resonate with them.
In fact, they feel deterred by the boxes they think they have to tick in order to step into a leadership role, and they stay small and stuck in their careers because of it.
If this resonates with you, I have good news …
The easiest way for you to become an effective, respected and successful leader is to simply, BE YOU!
In this day and age there is no one set of characteristics that define a great leader and you no longer have to contort yourself to try and fit a square peg (you!) into a round hole (who you think you need to be!)
What was once considered a great leader is morphing at a rapid pace and I’m happy to say that there’s now room for all personalities, skills and styles at the leadership table.
Some of the most incredible leaders I know are compassionate, vulnerable, introverted, quirky, playful and gentle …
All traits that, a decade ago, wouldn’t have been celebrated in a leader but thankfully, now are.
These women are the ones who are shifting workplace cultures.
Expanding the boundaries of what’s possible.
Creating enormous organisational growth.
Getting seen and being promoted.
I want you to press pause and consider …
How do you feel about being a leader? What thoughts and emotions come up for you?
What would make you a great leader? (Don’t be modest – shout your praises from the rooftop!)
What’s holding you back from stepping into a leadership role (or growing into your next level of leadership) in your workplace?
As women, we have a tendency to be critical of ourselves. I want you to know that simply, because you are you, you are worthy and capable of being a great leader.
You don’t need to tick any boxes, or change who you are – you are enough.
If you’d love some support honing in on what makes you a great leader and the steps you can start taking to get the recognition you deserve, I invite you to join Ignite.
Ignite is an 8 week group online program for mid-career women who are ready to breakthrough to the next level of leadership, impact and recognition.
I’d love to have you join us!