Leadership is an area I am saturated in lately. I can't get enough books, blogs, podcasts, videos, time, reflections, or journal entries about it. We all have it in us-this ability to lead, be of service and connect with others.
Right now, I am in the middle of reading Betsy Myers book, Take The Lead. I am struck by her list of the key's to leadership (the aspects of leadership that help us all feel valued, supported, and appreciated). Among many things, it is causing me to think about how grateful and blessed I am to have such incredible leaders in my life, in their many forms, ages, and abilities.
Betsy (I will call her by her first name because her writing and experiences make me feel so connected and empowered by her) translates the keys of leadership unbiased by gender. But, in reading her experiences and work with women it made me think of all the remarkable women in my life.
I have had the incredible honor of knowing and meeting many great women. Each time I think about them, I have something to learn from my experience with them. Just by knowing them, my leadership skills develop.
Betsy lists the keys of leadership as these:
So I want to take this moment to thank the many women in my life who have demonstrated and guided me in feeling and understanding leadership. You have been my example, you have helped me see my pitfalls and areas of growth, and you continue to radiate love, empathy, and learning within my own personal discovery about how to be a leader both personally and professionally.
Thank you to women in my life: Diane, Kristen, Dallas, Cassie, Marybeth, Leah, Lindsey, Courtenay, Sue, Susan, Sarah, Ann, Sharon, Carla, Jessica, Kilah, Kim, Claudine, Angie, Rose, Kelli, Linda, Cheryl, Sara, Nancy, Deb, Simmy, Eleni, Kristin, Christina, Lisa, Caitlin, Karen, and Brene. Thank you for your strength in it's many forms. Thank you for being candid, vulnerable, connected, and authentic with me and with others around you.
As I continue on my path of self discovery, I will undoubtedly have days where I can't find my "keys". I will have days where they are buried in the bottom of my purse, stuck in my pocket, or unwilling to go into the door. But I will keep trying to find them. I will keep thinking about them, dreaming about how they will unlock the doors to help me be of service to others.
I imagine it takes us all a while to unlock the doors to the defining information these keys hold in our own personal leadership entryway but the keys are there.
They are jingling in the pocket of our minds.
How exciting to begin the process of unlocking our leadership potential.
Thanks for helping me find my moment of gratitude, Betsy.
Brittany Courchesne is an early childhood educator, teacher mentor to teachers in training, public speaker, and blogger.