Recently, I was graciously nominated for a Leader of the Year Tammy Moyer Women of Worth Awards.
It made me think: “What does it mean to me to be a leader who creates positive change?” If this is the role I’ve chosen to identify with, how do I understand it?
This is what I think:
1. It takes courage to see things differently to re-shape the norm.
2. It means ensuring all the people you encounter and work with feel a sense of pride and empowerment within their own being.
3. It means choosing to be responsible for filling people up by encouraging and inspiring them.
I have seen people in my own community do extraordinary things: opening dream businesses, getting in front of the camera for the first time, doing their first TedTalks, having their own TV shows, saying YES to something magnificent that they once ignored that ended up changing the course of their lives. I don’t take credit for the leaps these people made, but I’m grateful I was able to show up with excitement and support for their Big Ideas.
That’s what leadership means to me.
Some of us might get stuck on the issue of our own self worth, and ask the question: "Who am I to be a leader? What makes me qualified to lead?”
My answer is this: Your worth or value as a leader comes down to your behaviour around what you deem to be important in this life. Your one and only mission is to know your values and live by them. That’s how you become a leader. That and only that makes you worthy and qualified.
Leadership isn’t destiny, it’s a choice—a choice you need to keep making every day.
I Dare Ya to honour your inner Leader.
Below my beautiful friends and fellow nominee's from left to right Annaliisa Kapp, Nicole Tidridge, Kristal Barrett Stuart, Shirley Weir (Winner) and Tammy Dupuis