I often reflect on the wisdom imparted to me during my
adolescent years and recently decided that there were two really important
maxims that my dad certainly lived by and find that I now live by:
never give up”
do your best”
Along the way I developed my own list of things that I found
to be important and valuable, both to me and to others. It is often difficult as a woman to develop
the competence and confidence to get things done through others, to tell our
story, and to become fearless. I shared
them with my daughter as she took over as the president of my company when I
retired, and I’d like to share them with you.
- Be connected, and connect others
- Be confident, never worried that failure might
happen. It will.
- Be courageous
- Be cordial; everyone likes to feel better by
having spoken with you
- Be compassionate; caring about others returns
- Be clear.
As the late Dr. Stephen Covey said, “seek first to understand, then to
- Be creative; it always conquers the impossible
- Be convicted; let people know what you stand for
and never give in to what you don’t
- Be consistent.
Nothing is as fair as consistency or as predictable as its results.
- Be constant.
There’s no off-duty for servant leaders.
Remember that ‘doing’ is always easy; it is ‘being’ that
takes great care and steady development.
Building leadership capacity is a large part of what we help
you do in TIAW. Take the opportunity now to qualify as globally board-ready and join
the GBRW LinkedIn group. From there, all
you have to do is ‘be’ the leader you are.
Lisa Kaiser Hickey