Leadership Lessons: A Career Protecting Women by Susan Adams at Forbes on 1 July 2013.
An article about an interview with Saundra Pelletier. Ms Pelletier is simultaneously the CEO of a non-profit called WomanCare Global and the for-profit company Evofem. Although an interesting article, what really grabbed my attention was one of the questions that she asks of prospective employees.
“If money, time and talent were no obstacle and you could be anything you wanted to be, what would you be?”
This got me thinking about introspection, and how would I answer this question on the spot. Although I came up with an answer fairly quickly, the more I thought about it, the more tenuous my grasp of that answer became.
Many articles speak about leaders having a vision and being able to communicate it effectively. Although we can come up with vision statements for our groups / organizations/ business / etc., can we do the same thing with ourselves? Are the actions that we are taking congruent with the vision that we have for ourselves? If not, what are the obstacles (real or perceived)?