|Ask the WOW Lady|
|Written by Christine Awram|
From Worthless to Woman Of Worth: Empowered Leadership
The leadership of women is a diverse topic, and can still bring to mind old-style masculine thinking that includes C words like control, command and clout. This article starts to explore more inspiring, effective and compelling C words that include collaboration, community, connection and celebration.
Where this story begins
As Bryan Adams once sang, “It was the Summer of ’69, oh yeah... those were the best days of my life.” For me, the Summer of ’69 included some of the worst days of my life.
I was nine years old, and I was severely beaten. In public. On Broadway. In broad daylight. What I clearly remember is cars driving by without stopping, and pedestrians crossing to the other side of the street. All I remember thinking is, “I’m not even worth saving.”
Fast forward to now
That childhood experience led to a downward spiral and it negatively impacted every area of my life. Teenage runaway, abusive relationships, drugs, alcohol, you name it. But zoom to the present and I’m the Founder of WOW, an organization that’s been empowering women worldwide for over a decade.
This article briefly shares two key elements that I embraced on my journey, which allows me to inspire and influence others. They form part of the foundation that makes WOW a forerunner in the empowered leadership of women.
Collaboration, Community & Connection
In this era of the so-called Superwoman, our capes get donned right along with the Pantyhose and Prada. We do it all, and do it exceptionally well.
But at a price.
When you put yourself on the fast-forward fast-track and ramp up the stress, burnout is right around the bend. It’s not healthy or inspiring, and it’s just not a powerful place to lead from.
Be the leader that magnetizes and inspires. Women are fabulous collaborators, and we’re genetically wired for it. Let go of the Lone Ranger. Embrace your network of extraordinary women—they’re your community, not your competition. Share resources. Ask for help. Women create miracles together when joined in a common purpose. Plus, it’s a lot more fun!
We all became familiar with the Law of Attraction once it hit Oprah. Whatever you put your attention on, that’s what you get more of. Positive or negative, the law of physics doesn’t distinguish between what’s good for you or bad for you, it’s just obedient, and follows the energy.
Celebration is like putting the Law of Attraction on steroids. You create a hyperfocus when you celebrate. It revs up the energy so you receive even more, and then it starts infecting everyone around you. The energy of celebration is like a powerful rocket-booster. It inspires your team, and it feels fantastic. I’m personally a fan of the Happy Dance or throwing my arms in the air and shouting “YAY” when I’m celebrating, but everyone’s different so develop your own style.
Celebrate with your community. From this day forward, when you’re out connecting and collaborating, avoid the standard “How are you doing?” greeting. Every time you pick up the phone, send an email or engage in a conversation, ask instead the Empowered Leadership question: “What are you celebrating today?” Then watch the magic unfold.
That’s part of your WOW Factor.