Be Courageous – Dare2Lead–Linda Patten is founder of Dare2Lead with Linda, international speaker and best-selling author, syndicated talk radio show host on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel, leadership expert, and trainer.
Her life’s work is challenging women to dare to lead: whether it is for navigating the often-daunting entrepreneurial world, building strong teams for a thriving business, stepping out of the shadows into the light as a leader of one’s life, or learning the leadership skills that will grow the seeds of change into a world-level movement.
With 40 years of leadership experience spanning the military, corporate, and entrepreneurial arenas, Linda is uniquely qualified to guide women on their journey of self-discovery, skills development, and a charted course toward becoming an extraordinary leader.
Her new book, No One Stood Up When I Entered the Room: One woman’s journey from command to true leadership, is her story of becoming a leader (which is every woman’s story how has I had to navigate the masculine model of leadership), and what it really means in changing the world, one woman at a time.
Through sharing my personal journey (with poignant and funny anecdotes along the way) from the masculine Command model of leadership to the feminine Influence model, I actually tell the story of all women in leadership – the masculine model we inherited and still see today which has stifled our true potential. It’s a passionate call – and a how-to – for women to tap into their full power for an influential, purposeful life. They will also discover a slice of how to work with Millennials, who so need our guidance and mentorship to take up the reins of change in this world.
Encouragement and confidence are vital to becoming a great speaker. When I was 7, I was told I should never stand up in front of people and talk; I just wasn’t very good at it. Because of this, I hid my talent behind a curtain and along with it, my leadership. It took someone in a workshop to say to me, “I thought you would lead us in this exercise; it’s what I expect of you!” to open my eyes to my power as a leader.
I am now a Leadership Trainer for Women Entrepreneurs and Changemakers with signature programs that inspire and empower women to step out as leaders themselves. I am an international speaker and have spoken to groups as small as 5 and as large as over 600. Does the fear ever rise up in me? Surely, it does – and it spurs me on to give the best, most inspirational speech ever imagined.
It drives me nuts that only 10-19% of women hold key positions in the government or corporate, that we still hide behind the curtain, and don’t tap into our feminine as well as masculine (comfluential™) leadership that brings us true power and influence. I’m committed to changing that statistic.
I created Dare2Lead With Linda to support these visionaries in strengthening their leadership muscle, getting out of their intellectual head, getting into their hearts, and creating movements which make lasting changes to the world we live in today and tomorrow. I want to feel the deep personal connections and love that come from this work – as well as experience the prosperity that naturally follows. I also love the exploration and deep-dives I am honored to do with my clients.