NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE:
Above all else, women should be helping each other in business and at the workplace every day. That’s the message that Charlotte Beers delivered at the recent Oracle’s Women’s Leadership Summit.
If you’re not familiar with Charlotte Beers, you should be. She has been referred to as the woman who broke the glass ceiling in the advertising industry as the first female vice president at a major ad agency, JWT. She went on to hold the position of CEO for two more major ad agencies, Tatham-Laird & Kudner and Ogilvy & Mather and was named the most powerful women in America by Fortune magazine in 1997. She also worked on President George W. Bush’s administration as the Under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy between 2001 and 2003.
Cari E. Guittard, Principal at Global Engagement Partners, listened to Charlotte’s speech at the summit and shared a wealth of information from the lecture as well as some key takeaways from Charlotte on The Huffington Post. They are:
- Reset how you see yourselves at work, because it isn’t just about the work. The delivery of the work is just as important as the work itself.
- Be careful who you copy and emulate on the way to the top.
- Women shouldn’t be afraid of politics, challenging others and confrontation, they are essential elements of leadership.
- Take time to actively observe and learn who you are becoming; there is power in authenticity.
- You need energy to lead, massive amounts of energy; be aware of what diverts and dilutes your energy.
- Be aware of your tendencies, good and bad. What drives you on one level can knock you down in another. Solicit feedback regularly and take it to heart.
- Teach, honor and defend other women at work. Women are often their own worst enemies at work… be brave and generous to one another.