Being a leader is about more than “fitting in.” You need to keep yourself motivated, and to keep yourself motivated, you need to have the right mindset–you are there because you want to do something that you will look forward to when you wake up in the morning.
For me, the goal of making the organization better gave me the legitimacy to advocate for more controversial topics. Talking frankly and putting things on the table actually positions you differently in the eyes of those with power in the company.
If you are given the podium, which I was and we are as business leaders, whether it is to a group of employees or to groups of professionals outside your company, should you just be talking about the markets, the financial performance and competition? Or are there other issues that you can be expressing, advocating for, explaining?
I believe in the ability of business leaders to bring about change.
For more thoughts on this topic, see the video featuring Dina and Pattie Sellers, Partner, SellersEaston Media.
Dina Dublon, Accenture Board of Directors, and former chief financial officer of JPMorgan Chase, was named “Woman of the Year” by the Financial Women’s Association. Fortune magazine named her “One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for five consecutive years.
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