I hope your year is off to a healthy, productive, and impactful start!
What do you love about what you do?
For me, I love being the guide so you, your team, or your colleagues can be the hero. While very aware of the importance of data, it’s not so exciting to me.
There was, however, some notable data that came out of 2021 that (I feel) is important for you to know, so we can learn and improve from it.
First, the "not so good news" uncovered from a pre-coaching assessment that was filled by the 10 female heart-centered leaders I was so honored to have worked with 1:1 in 2021 as well as the facilitations done for their managers and from the virtual speaking events that reached thousands.
I’d like to first acknowledge those who have dedicated their career to making this right and instituting real change. I know very intimately from some of them (you know who you are:) the joy and frustration that comes from this noble pursuit.
I’d also like to invite you to imagine for a moment what could happen if women were unencumbered by fear and doubt, able to dream big, and go from feeling silenced, overlooked, disregarded, or depleted to being heard, valued, and energized agents of change. If ALL women were able to gain clarity, to put a stake in the ground for what’s most important to them and for the legacy they’d like to leave behind.
Here’s "some good news" and hope in the form of a case study of a female leader who’s been able to do just that, even in the last two years of intense disruption.
But it didn’t start that way.
While she was a highly confident, effective, and respected by her North American team, her global peers did not have confidence in her nor did they show her the respect she knows she wanted and deserved. She was also not part of the "boys club" who the CEO would summon for advice and input.
Now, two years later, she’s not only caught the attention of her CEO because of her region’s remarkable growth under the extreme challenges brought on in 2020 and 2021, she has his attention as a strategic advisor and an active partner to deliver company-wide change from the top down. Did I mention that her CEO shared that she is now ‘the golden standard’ that her global (male) peers look to emulate?
She is good for business and great for opening her leaderships eyes to the benefit of helping everyBODY feel equal and included.
Her vision is clear. She’s confident in her ability to challenge her leadership and influence up, and she has a front row seat AND respected voice at the table.
She learned new tools to access her highest sense of leadership that was already within her, but maybe just previously inaccessible as well as how to gain influence with her leadership in a firm, courageous yet compassionate and sustainable way.
The first step to doing this was to develop what I call an ECO mindset prior to any crucial conversation, especially when attempting to influence up. In other words, to develop "E"mpathy (Ask, have I considered what it’s like to be the other person? Really take on his or her persona.), "C"uriosity (’If I am the OTHER person, how do I feel? What pressure/stress am I under? What is important to me?) "O"ptimism (How would I like this to turn out? I am confident we can have a win/win.).
There is reason for optimism in 2022, because we can ALL make more of a difference, especially together.
If you’d like some help, here’s the inside scoop on what’s happening this year inside the Limitless Leader community:
There is one more new surprise that I am incredibly excited about, but you’ll have to wait until next month to learn more!
Watch this brief video for more reason to be optimistic in 2022:
... or listen to the podcast.
If I can help with any of the above, let's have a conversation!
Stay tuned for a monthly (free) Limitless Leader community lunch and learn Q & A starting later this month for Limitless Leader subscribers only. Email me at [email protected], and let me know what you’d like help with during these sessions!
In unity and with you and total confidence in you.
If you are NOT already part of our Limitless Leader community if you’d like to view past blogs or interviews, I invite you to do that here, www.sherylkline.com.
Also, if you’re not already a member, I’d also like to invite you to join my private LinkedIn group, Fearless Female Leaders where we lift each other up by sharing useful content, connections, and opportunities.
P.s. Whenever you’re ready... here are 4 ways I can help:
1. Gain purpose-driven clarity and start taking action with my “Success Builder Sprint Program” (now just $19!), so you get a better sense of control over what matters.— Click Here
2. Grab a copy of my best-selling book “ZONED-IN: The Mental Toughness Required for a World-Class YOU.” It’s for those discovering a new ambition and those taking their current ambition to the next level. — Click Here
3. Empower your team to have the mindset, influence, and habits to become compassionate yet fiercely focused leaders amidst an increasingly disruptive year, email me at [email protected] to schedule a private discussion. Together we'll customize the Limitless Leader system to help your company, team, or organization deal with overwhelm, manage the new normal, meet the demands of an evolving workplace, and more!
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Do you feel like everything is catching up with you?
Overwhelmed by your current schedule and possibly underwhelmed by the progress you’re making on initiatives that matter to you?
It’s definitely that time of year, and you are not alone. The good news is that you can have a "mini intervention" with yourself, your schedule, and the impact you’re having, so you can feel less overwhelmed and more in control and on purpose. You’ll likely be more fun to be around too:)
This "Get to Know Yourself" questionnaire will help you next-level your understanding of who you are and what’s important to you. You’ll be looking from a perspective that may be unfamiliar, but this can be a catalyst to ignite momentum and inspire consistent action.