I am honored to be featured on C.W. Younger’s blog For Colored Girls Who Lead. She is featuring women who are making their mark as leaders in health, wealth and spirituality.
Here’s a snippit from our interview:
Can you name another woman, who had an impact on you as a leader?
There are several women, but I am going to have to be cliche and say my mom. She was a single mother, and she was a victim of domestic violence. My mom was able to get me and my brother out and safe. She was a teacher for 43 years. She also worked two jobs to provide for us. She was exhausted but still managed to raise us to be respectable people. As a parent, I don’t know how she did it. I struggle, and I have a husband to help me. It’s amazing to know that she did all of that by herself. She wasn’t trying to be a leader, it just came naturally. All of our successes and mistakes, our kids see it all. Now as a parent, I respect her on a whole new level.
What is your vision of a leader?
I believe a true leader has the best interest of the people who work with them at heart. I’ve worked with a lot of different types of people who were only invested in themselves and what you can do for them. A real leader acknowledges the people around them. They help to guide the people around them and cultivate their talents as well. It’s not just about me. It’s about our collective effort. A good leader helps to pull out their team’s talents, then they send them out to serve their purpose in the world.