When we a goal in mind, whether it’s a personal or professional, it takes decisive effort to achieve it. When starting on a goal, often times we take a first pass at it, and when we’ve reached a point where we’re stuck, we might consult those closest to us to get advice, watch a youtube video, or just Google it.
When we engage with any medium outside of ourselves, we are engaging with community.
For the purposes of this article, community is defined as sharing or having certain interests in common.
Having the opportunity to be part of, and engage with a community of female leaders who are incredibly generous in sharing their wisdom, here are 5 lessons .
5 Lessons from Top Leaders:
Lesson 1: Own it with Conviction
Diane Greene: SVP of Google Cloud, Founding Member and Former CEO of VMware, Board Member for Google, Intuit, and Khan Academy
Diane Greene is one of the most influential leaders in the world. Prior to joining Google in November 2015, she was one of the original founders, and served as CEO of VMware from 1998 to 2008. Under Diane’s leadership, VMware served over 1 million customers in 140 counties, and had a revenue run rate of close to $2 billion.
Whatever we are doing, we have to own it, no matter how big or small the task or else it won’t work.
Lesson 2: Start Somewhere
Julie Rice and Elizabeth Culter: Co- Founders of Soul Cycle, an indoor spin fitness company
When Julie Rice and Elizabeth Culter came together, and unified their vision for SoulCylce, the most important thing that wanted to bring to the brand “how they could bring pride, joy and empowerment to people in a way that felt fun, social, chic, and aspirational.”
This pair built the business from the ground up into a multi-million dollar enterprise, and then was able to transition majority ownership to Equinox in 2011. Before it became a multi-million dollar enterprise, Julie jumpstarted their spin concept with an online search on towels.
With any goal in mind, we have to start somewhere, and it could be as simple as an internet search.
Sheryl Connelly: Futurist at Ford Motors
As a Futurist at Ford, Sheryl forecasts and trend insights to support and inform multiple sector’s of the business on possible trends. She’s been at Ford for over 15 years now, and when she started at Ford, she wasn’t always a Futurist, she held a variety of roles working in communications to special projects in building Ford’s Dealer Network.
Taking cues from Sheryl in her professional career, every step in your journey allows you to go further to get where we need to go.
Lesson 4: You are your own Support System
Ramey Warren: Co- founder of Pearl xchange, and Founder of Media Savvy Plus
When Nicole Richie and Ramey Warren came together to create Pearl xchange an event to bring like minded community of women together one of their priorities was to help them connect, feel empowered, and inspired.
Even though being in community was a top priority for Pearl xchange, Ramey reminds us something equally important: we have everything we need to be our own support system.
Lesson 5: We are Stronger Together
Nicole Richie: Entrepreneur, Author, Media Personality, Co-Founder of Pearl xchange, and Creative Director of House of Harlow 1960
Each of us bring a unique body of knowledge and talents, where if we shared them in community, everyone could benefit.
At the end of the day, we are all working on a goal, big or small, and that may look and be different for everyone, but if an opportunity presents itself to help others or be part of community, welcome it.
We are stronger together in every way.