Category Archives: Women Leaders

Are You Leading Your Time or is it Leading You?

I’ve had an incredibly hectic last three months.  I feel fortunate to have had personal and business trips that were immensely satisfying.  However I noticed that by the end, what seemed like fun initially was truly too much of a good thing.  I noticed that the disciplined habits that worked for me had fallen by the wayside.  One of those was my relationship to how I managed my time. It’s a recurring theme with most of my clients as well.  Many report struggling with “work-life” balance, that elusive, yet sought after state in which all seems to fit neatly into …

Employee Engagement Crisis: What Leaders Can Do Right Now

This week I was privileged to assist a leadership team of a start-up company in an off-site. These folks work all over the country, and rarely have opportunities to engage with one another in the same room.  I enjoy these days immensely, mainly because facilitating a team of high-powered individuals is both challenging and rewarding.  I truly enjoy helping them become more cohesive, effective, and clear around the company’s purpose, including their roles and the necessary behaviors to accomplish this. The participants in this week’s retreat were phenomenally engaged—so much so that the strategic conversations went way over the time …

Leadership Lessons from an Exceptional Rwandan

This week we feature leadership wisdom from an extraordinary young Rwandan woman, Nadine Niyitegeka. She is a staff member and graduate of The Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda. Nadine has been touring the U.S. for 9 months as an Akilah Ambassador, representing her alma mater and her country. Nadine is one of those remarkable human beings whose beauty, intelligence, and determination draw you in. While hosting her at my home last weekend, we spoke about her perspective on leadership. She survived the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, yet lost many family members. What follows are her words of wisdom …

Leadership Takeaways from Young Rwandan Women

As the summer concludes, I thought it would be fitting to end by showing a few short clips from my trip last month to Rwanda. These young women students at the Akilah Institute for Women inspired me beyond words; they have withstood immeasurable challenges, and have a lot to share about what is possible with vision, focus, and dedication and support. I had the opportunity to serve as Guest Lecturer to the Foundation B students; young women whose English language skills were newly developing. My intention was to share the foundations of the Step Up Leader approach to leadership with …

More Reflections about Rwanda: A Country’s Leadership Journey

This is the second part in my series about Rwanda and its leadership journey. (If you missed the first part, click here.) Here are a few of my observations on key influences for the country’s current success. 1. Stewardship of natural resources; effective planning and implementation Plastic bags are banned in Rwanda, so there is a cleanliness that is striking to travelers upon arrival in Kigali. Roads and streets are clean; air is clean. Because the mountain gorillas are a national treasure, access to them is limited and restrictions are many. This allows Rwanda to continue to be a refuge …