Do You See Yourself As a Leader ? ? ?

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Three women wrote an insightful Harvard Business Review article entitled, Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers,

Here’s the key takeaway,

They [CEO’s] and their companies spend time, money, and good intentions on efforts to build a more robust pipeline of upwardly mobile women, and then not much happens.

The problem with these leaders’ approaches is that they don’t address the often fragile process of coming to see oneself, and to be seen by others, as a leader.

So in so many words, it is as Pogo said.

We have met the enemy and it is us.

If women, minorities or anyone, myself included, do not see ourselves as leaders, others will not see us as leaders.

I know this may sound counterintuitive, however it is exceedingly logical.

We can’t expect others to view us as leaders until we see ourselves as leaders.

Some final thoughts from the HBR article,

A person asserts leadership by taking purposeful action—such as convening a meeting to revive a dormant project…

People become leaders by internalizing a leadership identity and developing a sense of purpose…

As a person’s leadership capabilities grow and opportunities to demonstrate them expand, high-profile, challenging assignments and other organizational endorsements become more likely. 

If you’d like to read the article, Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers, here is the link.

I hope you found this article helpful.


Clark Finnical is a Career Expert and the author of 

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