Women are increasingly asserting their rightful place in the world today. In politics, business, academics, science, media, religion & civil society, women have a voice of strength, of influence and of importance.
Women have some natural advantages as leaders. We are born to nurture and care. In bearing children, we set benchmarks of forbearance & ability to handle pain. In raising families, we are the perfect resolvers of conflict. In managing a household, we are adept at building a positive profit & loss account. We are soft yet solid, amiable yet assertive, resolute yet responsive.
Our natural excellence far outweighs some of our perceived weaknesses. Then what can we as women leaders do to find exceptional success in life ? What can we do to overcome some of our self imposed restrictions? How can we play a even more influential role in the society ? How can we let humanity benefit from what only we can contribute ? As a woman who has had the good fortune of playing many leadership roles myself, I have learnt from my mistakes and apprehensions. This list is a glossary of things I wish I had done at different times in my life myself.
1) Have a grand vision
Think big. We know it naturally. We teach our children to do it everyday ! Have a grand vision for yourself. Whether at work, in the community or at home have a goal that will be little more than easily achievable. In pursuing it, many of our boundaries will be broken, talents manifested and new horizons sought. Don’t be afraid of failure. If you fall, get up and go again. Have the conviction that you are good and can do it. Have the big intention, get the skills to implement it & execute. You will be pleasantly surprised what you achieve ! ( In the Indian scriptures, these have been described as the three potent energies – Ichhashaktits(intention) ,Gyanshakti (knowledge/skills) , Kriya shakti (action/execution)).