Seeing it differently, to do it differently
Let’s get into this first installment! I hope you are ready!

In this segment, we will delve into the profound significance of embracing your unique leadership style as a woman of color. The power of emotional intelligence will be our guiding force, and I'm excited to share inspiring stories of successful women (including but not limited to Michelle Obama) who have harnessed their truth to make a lasting impact in their fields.

The Power of Being Unapologetically You

Allow me to introduce you to Sangeetha Thanapal, a trailblazing activist, and writer of South Asian descent. As a young woman growing up in a society that often dismissed her voice and identity, Sangeetha faced countless challenges. Society expected her to obey tradition, but she had a different vision—one that celebrated her heritage and advocated for racial equality.

When she first stepped into the world of activism, Sangeetha shared like many other women of color that she too struggled with self-doubt. She wondered if her voice be heard. Could she truly make a difference? However, as she embraced her uniqueness and fearlessly spoke her truth, she noticed how her words resonated with countless others who had felt marginalized and silenced.

Sangeetha's journey to self-discovery ignited a powerful movement that centered on the experiences of women of color. Through her writings and advocacy, she highlighted the intersecting struggles of race, gender, and identity. Her authenticity became a catalyst for change, inspiring others to embrace their cultural heritage without fear.

Today, Sangeetha's powerful voice has reached far beyond her immediate community. She has become an influential figure, challenging societal norms and advocating for a more inclusive world. Her story serves as an excellent example of the power of being unapologetically you, can have on the world stage. Her work in advocating for the rights and experiences of women of color. 

From Doubt to Empowerment

Let me share the inspiring story of Tabitha Brown, a fascinating entrepreneur, and vegan food advocate. Growing up, Tabitha faced challenges that tested her self-belief. Pursuing her dreams in the entertainment industry as a Black woman, she often wondered if her unique personality and values would fit the Hollywood mold.

Even with some doubt, Tabitha refused to compromise her truth. As a vegan, she embraced her passion for plant-based living and began sharing her delicious recipes and positive energy on social media. I’m sure she did not picture how her leap of faith would change her life to where she is today.

With each cooking video she posted, Tabitha's genuine charm and down-to-earth personality captured the hearts of millions. People resonated with her joyful spirit, warm smile, and unapologetic embrace of her Southern roots. Her authenticity struck a chord, and she rapidly gained a massive following. To put it simply - she found her community and they found her.

Through her inspiring journey, we can see how Tabitha transformed doubt into empowerment. She built a thriving online community, motivating countless individuals to embrace a healthier lifestyle and love themselves just as they are. Today, she is not only an adored social media influencer but also a successful author and actress.

Tabitha's story reminds us that being true to ourselves is a powerful source of empowerment. Embracing our unique passions and values allows us to touch the lives of others profoundly. As we walk our paths with authenticity, we pave the way for others to do the same, creating a ripple effect of positivity and self-love in the world. 

Building Trust through Vulnerability

As an experienced leader in higher education and advocate for equity in the workplace, I have encountered challenges that demanded unwavering strength. As I reflect on those years, it was moments of vulnerability that allowed me to connect with my team on a deeper level. By sharing my journey as a Black woman in leadership, I was able to open up about my struggles, aspirations, and cultural experiences. The truth of my reality through storytelling fostered a powerful bond of trust and respect among my team. By being true to myself, I became not just a leader but a mentor and ally to those I led then and even now post being their supervisor.

These remarkable stories illustrate that embracing your authentic leadership style is not just liberating but transformative. By being unapologetically you, you elevate your leadership to new heights, making a profound impact on those around you. As we move forward on this journey, remember that your uniqueness is your greatest strength. Your story matters, and it is time for your authentic brilliance to shine.

Reader-friend, I hope you feel as inspired as I do by the incredible stories shared in Part 1 of our journey. From Sangeetha Thanapal's powerful activism to Tabitha Brown's unyielding authenticity, these remarkable women have shown us the transformative power of embracing our true selves as women of color.

As we delve deeper into the realm of emotional intelligence, I encourage you to hold on to the invaluable lessons we've learned so far. Your unique voice and experiences are not just essential parts of who you are but powerful attributes on your leadership journey.

In Part 2, we will explore the art of emotional resilience—the key to overcoming challenges and setbacks with grace and determination. Together, we will equip ourselves with practical strategies to manage stress and prevent burnout.

Stay tuned for the next installment of this empowering blog series. It is in the journey of emotional resilience that we truly discover our inner strength and potential as leaders. Let us continue to uplift and support each other as we move forward on this transformative path.

Remember, you are not alone on this journey. We stand united, embracing leadership with emotional intelligence, and together, we are an unstoppable force.

Until next time, keep shining brightly as the powerful leaders that we are!

Lead with authenticity, resilience, empathy, and a vision of success that knows no bounds.