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Leading from a Healthy Place: Beyond the Superwoman Mindset

Leading from a Healthy Place: Beyond the Superwoman Mindset

Transitioning from the Superwoman mindset to a more healthy leadership model is a journey! We are notorious for trying to do it on our own (whether we succeed or fail). As I’ve stated in previous blogs, the “traditional” leadership model does not work for women,...

Becoming a Well-Woman Leader

Becoming a Well-Woman Leader

Graphic submitted by Desiree Young. Used with permission. In my last post, I discussed how harmful it is for women to live up to the Superwoman stereotype. The typical leadership model of the past is built around men who have a strong support system at home. I pray...

Celebrating Womens History Month – No More Superwomen

Celebrating Womens History Month – No More Superwomen

Traditional leadership traits were based on a limited demographic of white males who could work long hours. They had stay-at-home wives who covered the home front so they could cover the work front.  This leadership model does not work for working women, who...

Leading Through Adversity: Black Women Who Paved the Way

Leading Through Adversity: Black Women Who Paved the Way

As a Black woman in leadership, adversity is a part of the journey. In my book  Leading Well, I wrote, “Black women’s leadership is steeped in adversity because we are often working in places where microaggressions and biases thrive.” Rather than avoiding...

The Greatest Wireless Connection

The Greatest Wireless Connection

Less than 20 years ago, going about your day and checking voicemails when you got home was common. There was no social media to give you an instant look into people's lives.  We weren't so instantly reachable. But today’s world is all about instant connection....

7 Tips to Lead Like a Gardener

7 Tips to Lead Like a Gardener

Help Your People Grow: 7 Tips to Lead Like a Gardener  “Wow! Where did these tulips come from?”  That was my surprised question last Spring when these beautiful pink tulips appeared alongside a patch of brilliantly yellow daffodils in my yard. They came from the...

Spring is a Good Time to Resurrect Your Dreams

Spring is a Good Time to Resurrect Your Dreams

Spring has sprung! My daffodils started pushing through the wintry ground in late February/early March. And now they are ready to burst forth. (No, these beautiful daffodils in the above pic are not mine. But check mine out below!) Spring is the season of resurrection...

Celebrating Black Excellence All Year

Celebrating Black Excellence All Year

Black History Month is a great time to reflect on the achievements and resilience that make us great as a people. This came to mind when I recently rewatched the Great Debaters on a flight home from a speaking engagement. Seeing these young people fight for dignity...

Start Strong

Start Strong

In 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey wrote, "begin with the end in mind." I keep that advice close to my heart, especially at the beginning of a year when I am prayerfully strategizing my year. Here are a few things you can do to strategize your...

Love Yourself!

Love Yourself!

I received a reminder about self-love this week that God put on my heart to share. For many people loving self is a real challenge and many don't even realize it. Me and my amazing glam squad! I was in the studio of photographer Jason McCoy doing a photo shoot for new...

Flower In Bloom: The Blooming Process

Flower In Bloom: The Blooming Process

Maya L. Smith, MSW “The Day You Plant The Seed Is Not The Day You Eat The Fruit. The Soil Needs Tending. Let God Work.” ~Unknown We go through various seasons of our lives where we are preparing, evolving, and transforming. This “blooming” process in our lives is very...

The Art of Surrender

The Art of Surrender

By Maya Smith, MSW “Let Go Of Your Attachment To What You Think Should Have Happened. Surrender To What Is. Trust That You’re Being Guided Towards Something More Profound.” ~ Ash Alves  In life, we will experience change which will challenge us to shift our...