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Legacy leadership is not all about what a leader does; it is about what he/she drives his/her team to do.

No matter how philosophical it may sound to you, but this concept is the base of any impactful leadership. That is why you will see many top fortune companies driving their internal structure in the same way. The successful businesses have leaders who focus on creating more strong leaders. But without having a cleared and honest assessment program, you cannot gauge or evaluate where you stand.

A recent survey of “State of Leadership Development” showed that companies spend a great amount of money on the development of their leadership as compared to other areas of corporate learning. Even then, approximately 71% of companies feel their leaders are not competent enough to lead the employees into the future. …


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Photo Credit: MIT Sloan

It’s hard to work in the area of developing leaders without addressing the issue of management versus leadership. Much debate has been had about what each of these words means in the business world and which one is more important. Recently, I’ve even heard a lot of discussion about the issue of individuals leading too much and not managing enough. One example of that is a recent article from Harvard Business Review that states:

“Big picture only” leaders often make decisions without considering the constraints that affect the cost and time required to implement them, and even when evidence begins mounting that it is impossible or unwise to implement their grand ideas, they often choose to push forward anyway.” …


Freeing Yourself From the Trap of Comparison.

We’ve all done it — seen another woman crushing it in her personal, professional and social life, and felt that slight pang of jealousy. Sure, we’re happy for her when we see her gorgeous engagement ring, hear about her promotion, and see her blissfully balance her kids after school activities and career with the class of Julie Andrews and calm assuredness of Bob Marley.

But, a part of us compares our life and accomplishments to hers, wishing we could hurry up and get to the part where “we’ve arrived.”

It’s easy to look at other people’s wins and reflect back on our own lives with dissatisfaction, frustration, and disappointment. In that moment, the virtual grasp of the comparison trap has taken over. …


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Professional women are experiencing an incredible time in which girl power and female empowerment have collided to form such movements as #timesup and #equalpay. Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org, Sheryl Sandberg encourages women to become assertive in the workplace. Sandberg suggests that women should seek a position of leadership rather than a subordinate role.

Intimate circles of like-minded ambitious women have formed throughout various corporations to offer strategic career advice to obtain advancement. Numerous female-focused career sites offer “how to” articles to enlighten readers of calculated action steps to achieve desired career goals. There is a wealth of information available at the fingertips. Yet, there is a consistent void of quality mentoring relationships. The rise of female managers and executives has increased, although women held only five percent of CEO positions in Fortune 500 companies in 2018. …


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Dear You,

Yes, you. There is something I need to tell you. Whatever you do today, don’t Goggle “How to Be the Best Version of Yourself.”

Just don’t do it.

You know why? Because there are 1,890,000,000 results. Over a billion messages telling you there is a better (maybe even perfect!) version of yourself that needs to be found, discovered, or revealed. Or worse, made!

Or maybe you’re the kind of woman who thinks there is a “best self” deep inside and you’re holding her hostage, planning to free her when the time is right?

Stop!

Stop reading those articles. Stop believing those lies. I don’t care how old you are, you are too old for this nonsense. …


The Email-Writing Gender Divide and How it Hurts Professional Women

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How many double-standards do professional women face in the workplace? How many interactions, behaviors, or assertions are a perpetual balance-beam walk between being passive and forgettable and being overtly “bossy”? Saying XYZ won’t get me taken seriously, but saying ABC will be perceived as too aggressive… what’s a girl to do!?! This exhausting emotional labor is something every professional woman contends with on a daily basis, and it extends to every aspect of our day-to-day existence in the workplace. Even our emails, as it turns out, are a battle ground on which the Boss Bitch epic plays out.

Example: how often do you hesitate before sending an email like…


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Imagine a world where women are only allowed to speak 100 words a day.

The average person uses more than 16,000 words daily — and that freedom is still viable for men — but for the female population, that number has been sliced to a sharp 100. Word usage is regulated by a tiny tracker affixed to the wrist, much like your Fitbit, and like your Fitbit, it comes in different colors and models and styles. …


We’ve always understood a few basic things to be true about how our effort in the workplace is perceived and what being a real team-player looks like. You volunteer for extra tasks, you work hard until the job is done, you help others so the whole team can succeed. These are the things you do to show you care about your job, and that you want to succeed and grow. These are tenets of any great employee, and they’re expected of both men and women who want to move up their respective career paths.

Let me repeat that: being a hard-working, self-sacrificing team-player is expected of both men and women in order for them to succeed in the workplace. But is it valued the same way? The extra lengths that men and women go to to demonstrate their commitment and drive: are they perceived in the same way? Women who’ve spent long in the world of business will tell you from experience that no — often times the extra efforts they put in are not appreciated in the same way that their male peers’ efforts are appreciated. And unfortunately, experts are corroborating this same truth with research that proves: the value of a man’s “effort” is seen as greater in the American working world of today than the value of a woman’s effort. …


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You have heard it many times…push through, keep fighting, suck it up, don’t give up, and get over it! But, is there a limit to having grit; is there a limit to pushing through everything? Is that the answer to our problems? What about people who can’t just push through or get over it? What about people who are struggling with mental illness?

The term mental illness has stigmatized and ostracized people for decades. According to Mental Health America (MHA), it is estimated that 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental illness in a given year. That’s in a given year, which strongly indicates that everyone deals with some form of mental illness at one time or another in their lives. Research shows there are over 200 types of classified mental illnesses, from depression to schizophrenia. These disorders have been classified by doctors, scientists, psychologists and experts. …


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Sometimes it truly feels like there are a million and one things that make that glass ceiling so impenetrable. Between office politics, those egregious “boys’ clubs”, and the awkward miscommunications that so often happen between male and female colleagues, confident and well-earned advancement through the ranks is made so, so much harder than it needs to be for the young female professional. It can feel like getting there takes nerves of steel and an icy resolve that’s not even yours. And if you’ve got to muscle and fight your way to the top, clawing for position among your peers, are you really even YOU anymore? …

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Julia Clukey

Olympian, Girl Power Advocate, Functioning Introvert, Tech Enthusiast, Occasional Writer

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