For 500 women, including myself, the Woman’s Leadership Conference, The Woman 2016, was a holiday, a day dedicated exclusively to them, each presentation or discussion panel approaching one aspect of the life of a woman leader: stress management and lifestyle, professional life and how to build a personal brand.
Each presentation was actually the story of a woman leader, with challenges, achievements and less pleasant moments from the personal or professional life. Each was a lesson from which we have something to learn.
Without making a comprehensive presentation of the given matters, I would still like to highlight some ideas that stuck and which I would like to further follow:
- Each woman is a leader. The job title is not mandatory to validate this, because each woman can be an example for subordinates, colleagues, family and friends.
- Professional success is, above all, the success of a team. Every women leader on the stage pointed out the importance of the team without which the professional achievements could not have been achieved.
- Set your defining values and be consistent in applying them. Consider your values when taking each decision.
- Each woman is unique. There is no need to compare ourselves with other persons, to act against our values or with what is in trend.
- Be authentic. Build your personal brand based on truth. The truth is the best way to grow.
- Don’t give up when facing an obstacle, small or big. Follow your goal, even if it means going up and down and be reborn from your own ashes!
- Take a risk and leave your comfort zone! Set ever higher limits. Go to the next level.
- Pay it forward! Teach other people to be leaders. Whether it’s about children, colleagues, subordinates or family members.
- Eat healthy food, get enough rest and find ways to eliminate stress. As a leader, you always have to be full of energy and optimism.
Surely, the list of teachings/advice doesn’t stop here. But these we can build on!
The Leader is You!