Women helping women navigate the leadership dynamic
Hello Dynamic Leaders,
I had an opportunity to reflect on an awesome experience afforded me by founder of The LeadHERship Roundtable, Dr. Dionne Cowan. Dr. Cowan had the foresight to create a platform for women in leadership that allows unobstructed access to leaders who share their leadership journey. I was asked to be the inaugural speaker for this effort and I was honored to participate. The atmosphere created in the "suite" was one of safety and inquiry where women in leadership could exchange backstories and learn from the collective experiences. In my 28 plus years in education and 22 years in leadership, it often boggles my mind the lessons (good, bad or indifferent) that I've been able to learn. It is our leadership responsibility to pay the lessons forward to those who are currently in the work or those who "have next" so they can soar even higher than we were able. What I most appreciated were the questions that pushed me to think deeply about my leadership challenges and solutions, devoted mentors and their impact, my contribution to the field and my thoughts on how to determine your next steps. We move so quickly through this life that we sometimes miss the chances afforded us to reflect and gauge where we are in our pursuit of self actualization. Hours after the exchange, I found myself still pondering my responses and also celebrating the dynamism of women in leadership. I see how our vulnerability, compassion and care, undaunted pursuit of excellence, and fortitude, will continue to thrust us even higher in our leadership pursuits. I applaud, Dr. Dionne Cowan for birthing such a forum and for the opportunity to pay my story forward. I was blessed richly by the exchange and I hope all women in leadership will accept the charge to surround yourself with women who will mentor, cover, encourage, uplift, breathe life, speak truth and support you as we move to our divine destiny. I am humbled and thankful to have been a part of such a DYNAMIC group of women.
Dr.Emily Abrams Massey
Dr. Emily Abrams Massey is a former Associate Superintendent in a metro-Atlanta school district, principal and leadership advocate, educational consultant and career educator.