All three women with names starting with C – for the #AtoZchallenge – they are excelling in their own career sphere. They all hail from a very humble background and have reached the pinnacle of their career. They continue to be humble about what they have achieved and still strive hard to give 100% to what they do. What else you need to be a role model !!! It is easily possible to write a book on each of them for their achievements in life….though, i want to post these videos
While self-confidence is the basis for any self-improvement, a recent article in Harvard Business Review (HBR) was very specific about the need for women leaders to be self-confident. Leslie Pratch is the author of this article – she is a clinical psychologist who helps companies identify whether potential executives possess the psychological resources and personality strengths needed to succeed. If you read the 16 page research paper referred in this article, it can become a long read….so i consolidated the key messages which I found helpful …….
You can read the HBR article here…..
– Before a woman answers a question in the corporate scene, it may help to stop and ask yourself a question “do you think a man would have ever answered that question that way?”
– You got be very confident, even though we are so self-critical inside about what it is you may or may not know. And this will lead to taking risks
– Gender based expectations for behavior influence the styles and evaluations of leaders
– Men are freer to carry out leadership in different styles without encountering negative reactions because their leadership is ordinarily perceived as legitimate
– The findings indicated that women have to have high self-esteem and high self-confidence so that they can cope with the constraints placed on their leadership styles.
- Why Women Leaders Need Self-Confidence (blogs.hbr.org)
- Author – Dr. Spencer Johnson
- Category – Non fiction
- My rating – 3 on 5 (This is revised rating, owing to the benefit of doubt on the expectation mismatch)
Imp Note-I found a free ebook link for this book on the web, which i have linked to the image above. So, if you want to read this book online, click on the image above.
Short notes & good quotes
When I finished reading this book, I was disappointed. I have heard so much about this book from my acquaintances from various circles (professional, personal, social) and most of it was high ratings. When I actually started on this book, probably my expectations were too high, higher than what my acquaintances were actually trying to portray. It may be one of the classic communication challenges – where the noise gets amplified – just that in this case, my expectation about the book got amplified so much based on the earlier feedback from others.
Overall, the cheese story and the characters – two little rats (Sniff and Scurry) and the two little people (Hem and Haw) is a simple story which also makes a feasible bed time story for kids.
The book has many quotes on change management (listed for reference here), but if you ask me about the topmost takeaway from this book, for which I will remember this book is
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN’T AFRAID?
This is an excellent question which I think I will be asking myself whenever I am taking a decision in whatever circumstances – be it personal or professional.
The other worth mentioning quotes on change management (substitute cheese with what we want to have in life)
- Having Cheese makes you happy
- The more important cheese is to you, the more you want to hold on to it
- If you do not change, you can become Extinct
- What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
- Smell the cheese often so you would know when it is getting old
- Movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese
- When you stop being afraid, you feel good
- Imagining yourself enjoying new cheese , leads you to it
- The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese
- It is safer to search in a maze, than remain in a cheese less situation
- OId beliefs do not lead you to new cheese
- When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese you change course
- Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to bigger changes that are to come
- Change happens
- Anticipate Change
- Monitor Change
- Adapt to Change quickly
- Enjoy Change
- Be ready to change quickly and enjoy it again and again
Category – History ; Rating – 3.5 ; Comment – Forgiveness and Leadership by example!
Invictus is Latin and means ‘unconquered’. When i watched this movie, what struck me was the critical importance of respecting your enemies (are they?) for what they are and getting them on your side. This indeed is a great leadership quality. Not just in politics, but this skill is very much required in corporates and personal life. How many such mergers and acquisitions in the corporate world would have been raving success if this leadership quality is practiced……..How many marriages would have been saved if this quality is practiced in personal lives…..
The interview between Nelson Mandela and the Rugby captain is a MUST WATCH for aspiring leaders.
Just to add value to my page, i wanted to repeat the poem Invictus here (Victorian poem by English poet William Ernest Henley)
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul