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What have we learned about great leadership over the past few years of mass disruption?
 
Research published by the Harvard Business Review found that people who were asked this question during 2020 tended to focus on one set of traits above all: interpersonal skills.
 
They appreciated leaders’ ability to inspire and motivate, communicate well, collaborate, and build relationships.
 
Interestingly, the authors found women displayed these traits more often than men. But in a crisis, they conclude, all leaders should strive to meet these needs.
 
So, in celebration of this Women’s History Month, we would like to offer insights into leadership from three remarkable women:

I believe in embracing ambition and saying to myself and others if they ask, ‘Here’s what I can do and here’s why’ because ambition is not a bad thing. Ambition is a growth opportunity. Ambition says that more is possible, and you want to be part of it. So, we’ve got to not only lean into ambition, we’ve got to embrace it. We have to chase it.” Read more in Three Leadership Lessons from Stacey Abrams.

Stacey Abrams, political leader, voting rights activist, entrepreneur, and three-time New York Times best-selling author.
What prepares people for future change is change. If you’ve gone through a change, you’ll get more confident that you’ll be able to get through future change no matter what the outcome is. Confidence doesn’t come from knowing you’ll be successful. It comes from knowing you’ll be OK.” Read more in How Leaders Thrive During Disruption.

Charlene Li, an expert on digital transformation, leadership, and the future of work. She is the author of six books, including the New York Times best-seller, Open Leadership.
Indra NooyiCompetence is the most important thing. But if you add dressing the part, and if you have certain people who promote you and support you in the workforce, what happens is you get tailwinds. And when you get tailwinds, it builds up your confidence and you feel more competent.” Listen to Leadership Lessons from Trailblazer Indra Nooyi.
 
Indra Nooyi, former CEO and chair of PepsiCo, and the first woman of color and immigrant to run a Fortune 50 company.
Last month’s remote work survey results. If we may suggest, great leaders also speak up — as you did in response to last month’s survey that asked for your opinion about remote work.

Based on 3,200 responses, 65.4 percent of you said you want to continue to work at least some days remotely; 43 percent never want to return to the office; and only 3.3 percent would choose to work in the office full-time.
 
“This new survey suggests that most women balancing work and family need remote work to remain an option for them,” said Laurie Dalton White, Executive Director of the Conferences for Women. Learn more.
 
Wishing you warmer, brighter days in the month ahead.

Lisa B.
 
P.S. Don’t forget to check out our latest roundup of what’s inspiring us now!

Madeleine Albright famously said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.” Our community is a place where women and allies can ask for, receive, and offer support to others.

If you need a hand (or have a hand to offer), reach to our community via LinkedIn.

The growing number of women pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence and ensuring that technology advancements contribute to the greater good. Deyonna Hancock, who became one of an increasing number of women who took on roles dominated by men during the pandemic and today is building affordable housing for others. Chiara Lee Taiarol, who is helping drive a new wave of glassmakers who are “young, inventive and female.” Black women who are driving the increase in Black-owned businesses across the United States. Conference for Women speakers with great new books, including Collective Genius by Linda Hill, Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams, My Life in Full by Indra Nooyi, and Inclusion Revolution by Daisy Auger-Domínguez. (Order with free shipping from our bookseller, BookPeople.)

Remember to support Pennsylvania entrepreneurs and non-profits!

Visit our retail-inspired Women-Owned Business & Community Hub to browse unique gifts, find useful services, and connect with organizations doing good in the world.

Thanks to our sponsors, Qurate Retail Group and Comcast NBCUniversal!

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