It’s inauguration week in the United States – the week when the new President of the United States is sworn into the Oval Office. As the soon-to-be former President and First Lady prepare to leave the White House, I think back on the many accomplishments this powerhouse couple have achieved over their 8-year tenure – particularly, Michelle Obama.
Despite whether you agree with her politics, or the politics of President Barak Obama, Michelle Obama’s career is filled with valuable leadership lessons for women in business. Today, I’m going to share with you some of the important lessons I have learned from simply observing how she has lead initiatives – from her work in combatting childhood obesity and supporting veterans to her powerful speeches during the 2011 election. By simply observing her career, we can learn many valuable lessons that can help us be more effective in any negotiation, in any boardroom, or in any speech we give throughout 2017.
When you have the room – allow yourself to own it.
Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:
- Resist the urge to play small to gain the acceptance of others.
- Remember: your career is a marathon – not a sprint.
- When you are ready to step back into the game after a career hiatus – or are faced with a big, bold opportunity – leverage it for all it’s worth!
- Fun and lightheartedness is a powerful tool to unite your team, drive great results, and ultimately create a knockout culture.
- Authenticity, integrity, and hope are what characterized Michelle Obama’s tenure. Her values are what people will remember her for.
Top 5 Leadership Lessons from Michelle Obama:
- Don’t apologize for being confident.
- Embrace the times when your career must take a back seat.
- Know how to own the room.
- Fun is a powerful leadership skill.
- Know your values.
My Challenge to You:
- Sort out your relationship with your own personal power.
- Decide when you need to allow your professional life to take a back seat to meet the needs of your family.
- Know when to leverage great opportunities and allow yourself to own the room.
- Create a fun, light-hearted working atmosphere.
- Know your sense of certainty (and uncertainty).
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