Female leadership qualities worth reviewing…
When the movie Wonder Woman came out, I knew I had to see it. I was a fan and followed the original series on TV when I was young. I thought it would be a nice weekend out to the movies with my daughter. The movie led me to think about her contribution to girl power in the corporate jungle.
So I asked: “What did I learn from Diana Prince as a leader?”
“You’re made of mud.”
Even though her closest and most trusted person kept telling her that she was hewn from dirt, she never allowed that to prevent her from becoming a great leader and skilled warrior. Her self-image was not tainted by the thought that she perhaps was “ordinary”. Early on, as a child she showed interest in exciting things and made her mind early even defying authorities but of course she knew it is her calling.
She relied on her vision of herself and what she wants to do as well as what she could feel within her that she was meant to accomplish great things.
Tip for you: Regardless of what others say negatively about you or your own self-concept based on past mistakes and missteps you still have a lot to offer. Look deep within yourself to find your gift!
She had a mentor.
She was fortunate enough to have someone believe in her and saw her potential. This mentor put her own neck on the line in helping her bring out the best in her. Great mentors sacrifice their own careers, relationship and sometimes so much more.
Tip for you: Take the initiative to find yourself a mentor. This may require both humility and confidence. Express you need someone’s support and be confident it will be worth their while to work with you!
She thrived in challenges.
Adversities actually revealed her talents, skills and strengths. (There were a few specific instances in the movie where this was highlighted but I won’t ruin it for those who have not seen the movie. She needed to face a problem in order for her to push herself and finally realize she’s got something special.
Tip for you: Welcome challenges and problems as these will open up opportunities for you to see what you’re really made of. Surprise people around you, most specially surprise yourself!
She saw what’s good in people.
She respected her team. She allowed them to shine and encouraged them when they are at their lowest point. Stood up for them and did not doubt whether they deserved a break – but believed in them and they can add value.
Tip for you: Invest in people. Someone invested in you, mentored you and coached you. Don’t be afraid to make your people look good in front of others. When they look good, you look good!
She believed in the truth and stood for love.
“My war.” She took responsibility and initiative even if no one else was on her side. She has strength of character and spirit and had always sided with what is good, just, and honorable.
Tip for you: Know your values. Stand up for what is true and righteous even when you might find yourself alone in this fight. Remember, good always triumphs over evil. If it doesn’t, rest assured it’s not over and watch out for the sequel!
At the end of the day…when she looks back at what she’s done, everyone around her are left speechless and in awe for what she has accomplished! Come to think of it: A man can take this leadership role, too!