Christina A. Ceballos is the Founder and CEO of IdealEthos, a social enterprise consulting firm focused on organizational development, leadership, social responsibility and sustainability. She spent 15 years traveling the world, racking up learning and life experiences on four continents. Since setting roots here in Austin in 2007, she still gets out of the country from time to time.
I joined the Gr8 Women Leaders program just three months after finishing graduate school with an M.S. in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edward’s University. I was also in the process of working on a new business idea. This wonderful program helped me to:
Identify my strengths. The behaviors and motivators assessment gave me more confidence in my leadership ability by knowing my strengths and my areas for improvement.
Develop concrete goal setting and time management skills. I still use the goal setting worksheet today and I ask myself the three key questions when determining how to manage my time, which are:
- Is it for a passion?
- Is it in service to others? And/or
- Will it help me in my business/professional life?
If you can answer “yes” to at least one of those questions, the thing that you are determining to do or not will definitely be worth your time and energy.
Acknowledge that I am a leader. As leaders, we stand on the shoulders of all leaders that came before us. Because of this and being a woman, the hardest thing for me was to embrace fully the identity of “leader”. The program gave me role models and coaching to integrate what I had not only learned in grad school, but also gave me additional tools to put it all into practice and fully step into this identity.
Most importantly, the Gr8 Women Leaders program helped me to become a better listener and supporter to the women in my cohort and, by extension, to other women around me. Being in a cohort of other great women leaders, and being coached by both Amber Fogarty and Darlene Templeton, made this program so much more meaningful and powerful. We learned by sharing our stories with each other, with women who care in an environment where it was safe to share any struggles. We authentically connected with each other, rejoiced in accomplishments and provided support in challenging times regardless of whether it was for personal or professional reasons.
The results are that I made great friends for life as well as was able to use the support, tools and time to launch my own company – a real dream come true! I now feel more confident and capable to help more people and organizations in both my professional and personal life. I know I lead a great life and I give a lot of credit and owe a lot of gratitude to the Gr8 Women Leaders program for that.