WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL LEADERSHIP BRAND?
You are already a high achieving woman who has some significant level of leadership either leading your own business, a project team, or your own career and leadership journey! Most importantly we are all leaders at some level!
Yet you may still be navigating command and control environments resulting in unfair challenges because of your gender or other barriers. Here are some important questions to ask that may guide you to think of possible solutions:
How could a personal leadership brand help you?
- And is it the right one for you?
- How is it helping you?
- What value could these questions bring to you as you move forward?
Many of my clients, like you, desire a safe confidential space to reflect and focus. As high achievers we are often consumed with delivering results for others while juggling unexpected business and personal detours!
When you clearly identify what you want to be known for, it’s easier to let go of the tasks and projects that do not allow you to deliver on that brand and say yes to those that do!
Despite having a personal leadership brand the extra hurdles women are required to pass can lead to discouragement, overwhelm and burnout. As a result our voices are not being heard enough as we navigate what Harvard Business Review refers to as the metaphor of a labyrinth versus the more common known glass ceiling analogy. In other words there is a general bias against women at all steps of the ladder.
“The labyrinth is an image with a long and varied history in ancient Greece, India, Nepal, native North and South America, medieval Europe, and elsewhere. As a contemporary symbol, it conveys the idea of a complex journey toward a goal worth striving for. Passage through a labyrinth is not simple or direct, but requires persistence, awareness of one’s progress, and a careful analysis of the puzzles that lie ahead. It is this meaning that we intend to convey. For women who aspire to top leadership, routes exist but are full of twists and turns, both unexpected and expected. Because all labyrinths have a viable route to the center, it is understood that goals are attainable. The metaphor acknowledges obstacles but is not ultimately discouraging.” Harvard Business Review, Women and the Labyrinth of Leadership
As we navigate the Labyrinth, I started to ponder how we women could deepen our strength; stamina and resiliency to ensure our voices are heard and expressed through our personal leadership brands, despite obstacles!
“How could we step away so we come back even stronger?”
An important step is partnering in a coaching relationship where you’re invited into another symbolic view of your labyrinth.
What would it look like to rise above the labyrinth to plan your next strategic move?
I ask clients to use a “meta-view” a symbolic perspective from “high above”, whether it is from the top of a mountain, or a hot air balloon to encourage you to view your situation from a higher perspective. Most importantly, turn your attention to the “bigger picture” rather than the obstacles obvious in that moment. It is through these coaching conversations where the idea of CALM Power™ emerged.
CALM Power™, provides a mindful coaching space to ask you deeper key questions. Yes, achievement is an amazing path, if this is what you truly desire and value, yet, so is defining success on your terms. CALM Power™, helps ensure your personal leadership brand emerges from an integration of your purpose, gifts, passions, strengths, stories, and all other elements that allow you to refocus into your new meaningful conscious center.
So, before you express your personal leadership brand announcing what you want to be known for, start with imagining your epitaph, what you want to be remembered for.
“What things do you want to be remembered for? What things will your life be incomplete without?”
The more you can articulate your personal leadership brand from a place of CALM Power™ the easier you stand out in and out of organizations while staying aligned with your authentic values while still attracting sponsorship, mentorship and finding joint partners to help you collaborate and grow. In addition, CALM Power™ helps deepen your focus and presence in your work, family, community and the world, so you are able to combine achievement and fulfillment. Like you, after several detours, I feel strongly that without having my compass and centering point of CALM Power™, I may not harness my next opportunity with a clear career and leadership strategy.
With CALM Power ™ your leadership brand message allows you to show up with confident conviction and a strong leadership presence. It becomes your authentic and consistent compass, where you can focus with “flow” and ease and decide your next strategic moves, despite command and control environments. The good news is that creating your CALM Power™ is fun and collaborative!
I would be honored to help you get focused and intentional about this next phase of your journey. Sometimes you need to be seen, heard, and understood in all areas of your life to Emerge Strong. How would this look for you?