Today is the fifth day of the new blog series entitled Bring Your Leadership to Life! Join us throughout the month of March and beyond as we feature guest bloggers who share their perspective on how they bring their leadership to life! This blog series highlights the theme of the 2nd Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies, an event that SOS Leadership is honored to be hosting in partnership with The Concordia MBA on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Concordia University Texas. Learn more about this powerful event and register at www.austinleadingladies.com.
Today’s blog post comes from Angela Robertson
Laissez les bons temps rouler! Anytime I hear that I think about my childhood eating hot, spicy crawfish off of newspaper covered picnic tables in sunny, muggy south Louisiana. When I read or hear advertisements about visiting Gatlinburg, TN I want strawberries and champagne! Don’t get too excited, it wasn’t a romantic trip, just a group of ten friends enjoying a chalet in the mountains. Did I mention that chalet had a hot tub on the deck – enter the strawberries and champagne!
There are many things that create an image in our mind. A certain song makes you think of a past love. The smell of dirty socks takes you back to room 223 in your college residence hall. Boys lived there. Enough said.
What are you picturing in your mind right now?
Me? I am picturing Amber Fogarty, full of energy and positivity telling my Gr8 Women Leaders class that one of her students mentioned on a faculty evaluation that she was a bit much for an 8am class. Love HER!
Why don’t we envision ourselves when we think about Leadership? Hopefully, you do, but if not, I hope you are encouraged to start practicing today!
Where is your mirror? Get it out and look at yourself right now. Im serious, get the mirror out.
What did you see?
You saw a leader.
It’s up to you to figure our what kind of leader that you want to be. The responsibility is all yours.
One leader that I admire is Dr. Brene Brown. She says that we are hardwired for connection, curiosity and engagement. I whole-heartedly agree with her. She also says that we should embrace our vulnerabilities and be courageous! I don’t know about you, but embracing vulnerability is not on my list of favorite things to do. I also know that probably means I need to get better at it. My favorite encouragement she shares talks about authenticity being a daily practice.
Living authentically is how I bring my leadership to life. I practice it daily. I enlist in the never-ending struggle to love myself just as I am. I serve others (whether two or four legs). I stop to appreciate the grace and blessings in my life. I love with a whole heart.
So wake up tomorrow, love yourself, love your life, beckon a little more strength, appreciate the things and people in your life, love others, give of yourself, and make one more step to being that amazing leader that you already are.
Then, get up the next day and do it all over again.
Life and Leadership is a journey.
Stay tuned in the days to come as the Bring Your Leadership to Life Series continues….