|e-Connections: March 2014|
This month e-connections explores
the qualities of leadership that are common in successful women. My friend Martha Mayhood Mertz, who founded
the Athena Foundation in the United States, has studied the thousands of women
that have moved through her Athena program to develop their business and
leadership acumen. She has identified eight recurring things these women all
have in common:
These are not things to be
learned but to be done, and they are
things that many of us know innately. I
often reflect on how I came to know the things I know. Do you?
As a Girl Scout at the age of six, I discovered learning different
things was fun, became competitive as I sought to have the most badges or sell
the most cookies, and perhaps most importantly of all, unconsciously grounded
myself in the very principles I hold today.
It is astonishing now to look back and realize how the very simple words
of the Girl Scout Law have influenced my path for so long:
Today, the Girl Scouting experience is defined as being leadership-focused and is grounded on three simple core concepts: discover, connect and take action. These principles are timeless to leaders of every age. When we understand ourselves and have a clear internal compass, we are ready to DISCOVER new paradigms. The more we experience, we learn that caring, serving, and inspiring others is how we CONNECT in our immediate local circle, but also in our community and world at large. As we learn about other cultures around us and in the world, we know that embracing those that are different from us is not only the right thing to do, but the only way to breed mutual understanding, respect, and good will. If we couple our tools of discovering and connecting, we will TAKE ACTION to better ourselves, others, and the world.
Discover, connect and take action. I can’t think of a better way to start than to attend TIAW’s Global Forum this month. If you have not registered yet, why wait another moment? Register Now.
Lisa Kaiser Hickey
Read Lisa's article in this month's issue of Dialogue, a benefit brought to you by TIAW.
By: Maxine Westaway, Director TIAW Micro Credit Program
we begin our work for 2014 we would like to express our sincere thanks to all
the donors who made 2013 such a successful year. With your generosity in donating it really
is the women and children in developing countries who benefit so greatly. We know they’d express their thanks to you if
your continued support in 2014 we will be able to attain our goal to launch many
more village banks bringing hope and prosperity to so many more women and their
families, be that in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific.
like Maggie Maziya who was born on the 30th of April 1982 in Nhlaba
Province in South Africa. Maggie is one
of two children, her brother now lives in another village and she lives with
her mother and her 15 year old daughter.
When growing up Maggie’s father was working at a factory in Middleburg,
Mpumalanga and her mother was a housewife.
She had an opportunity to go to school because her father was paying for
her school fees. Her father passed away
when she was doing grade 12, final year of high school. She failed at the end of the year because she
was disturbed by her father’s passing and she never went back to school the
The first few years after her father passed away were not bad since they received his pension funds but as soon as the money was finished the situation at home became worse. They would sometimes sleep without food. Seeing her mother and daughter going hungry day by day was more painful for her than her own distress. She then decided to raise some funds from her friends and family to start a small business. She travelled to Maputo, Mozambique to buy her stock (body lotion and snickers) as it is very cheap there.
When our Microfinance Institute partner was in her area she heard about it and decided to be part of it, she became a client in May 2013 and received a loan amount of $111 from TIAW which she used to increase her stock. She believes that TIAW and our partners in South Africa will help her to achieve her dreams of making sure her daughter goes to university, building a house and also expanding her business.
In the coming weeks we will be updating the Micro Credit material on the TIAW website and keeping you up to date through the many platforms of social media.
you have not made a donation to the TIAW Micro Credit Program in the past,
please do so now by going here.
When I was young, I asked many questions about leadership and differences between men and women. Indeed, there are many great differences and Katherine J. Kehler has stated rather uniquely, “If women would realize what an influence they have, they would be filled with pride. If men recognized how influential women are, they would be scared to death.” In short, women’s leadership styles are different because they are motivated by passion/emotion, nurturing capability, intellect and logical or reflective thinking among many other qualities that define women.
Yes, as once said by the First Lady Michelle Obama, “Success is not about being impressive; it’s about being inspired. It’s about leading a rich life, no matter how much money you have”. Based on this quote, I can also admit that women naturally embrace the idea of shared leadership. Women often define success on their own terms, face difficult challenges with clear thinking, invest in their personal and professional growth, make positive impacts and recognize their strength.
In conclusion, I will say in my leadership capability, I try most often to make a positive change in any community that I find myself which will inspire others to do the same. I challenge you to be a good leader by taking risk and breaking the rules of business and life.
“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
TIAW and other organizations that support the growth and development of business women have contributed greatly to the awareness and knowledge that women possess a unique set of leadership skills.
This is a topic that certainly can generate much discussion but for the purpose of this article I will list what has through research and common knowledge come to be known in more recent times as what I will call the top ten skills of the woman leader.
From my personal experience the best women leaders take a heart-centered approach to leading; by that I mean that not all of their decisions are black and white they will usually place a little of themselves in the process.
This is a list that I use when working with business
women. I invite you to read and check off the skills that you have mastered.
Make a note of those in which you still need a little adjusting.
Top Ten Skills of a Successful Women Leader (CoachPhyllis.Com Inc.)
Each and every one of us has these ten skills to varying
degrees. You may discover that you have mastered all ten of these leadership
skills or you may find that you need to readjust or even enhance some areas.
Remember, you have the power to achieve what you want in a leadership role.
The latest issue of Dialogue focuses on Big Data and the promise and peril it brings for leaders in a world where change is accelerating and competition is intensifying, including comment and contributions from Google, American Express, Cisco and renowned business thinker Roger Martin. The March issue is available here.
Also in Dialogue:
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