The Confidence Factor for Women: Real Leaders Endorse Leaders

I can’t express the feeling of actually being in a room filled with such powerful women leaders and politicians yesterday to see President Barack Obama endorse Hillary Clinton in Charlotte, NC on their first stop since the endorsement.

This is not about party affiliations, this is about women supporting women. There were women from all party lines who where willing to stand in line for hours in the 90+ degree heat just to support history. There was a moment when a few women started singing “It’s time to put a woman in the White House,” while others held on to their daughters closely and said “You will remember this moment for the rest of your life.”

I began to reflect on the moment myself of why this moment was monumental for women. Although, I know someone will respond to this by bringing up the past personal transgressions of the Clinton’s and current political scandals, the naysayers never take a moment to reflect about the limited access to positive images of women leaders that we have, so they deter us. In return, we are sold the “Real Housewives” and taught that it is a standard that we can attain; being on a reality show.

But what about claiming the most powerful leadership position in the world?

We affirm to our boys that they can be anything, but we have always limited our girls to be in the shadows. I watched as women, old and young, cried with hope that we can now say to our girls, “One day, that can be you.” No longer are the days when our girls had to play the housewife “Barbie” dream house game, we can lead, and have male leaders support us as well.

The President said such kind words about Hillary Clinton as he referenced how intelligent she is and how intimidated he was when he ran against her in 2008. He referred to her as a committed leader and there is no better option. It has been 60 years since a sitting president has actively campaigned with a candidate, but the first time in history that a sitting president has endorsed a woman. And I had a front row seat, which I will never forget.

The Lesson:

  • Leaders REQUIRE support. As women, we try to do it alone, and success is a team sport. But your team must consist of leaders who believe in you and will endorse you, even when you are not in the room.
  • Stop fearing male support. If you limit your support by gender, you may lose your chance to create lasting change in every market.
  • You must stop “holding back” on delivering value to others until the cameras are on. Leaders who believe in you will lend support wherever you go.

I will see you at the top!

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Carol Sankar is a business advisor for high level executives, service based visionaries and a leadership expert who is committed to assisting passionate, high-achieving leaders simplify their lives while increasing revenue by becoming productive, not working harder.Carol has been featured in Madame Noire, LearnVest, The Steve Harvey TV Show,, TEDx, Daily Worth, Entrepreneur Magazine and Essence Magazine

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