Tonight is the Awards dinner for the 2017 Telstra Business Woman of the Year (WA). It’s always a glittering affair – full of inspirational stories.
As I get glammed up for the evening I am taking a moment to reflect on my learnings over the 7 years of judging these awards.
What I have learnt as a judge of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards
- There’s no one single stereotype or formula for success.
- Almost always there has been some difficulty that these women have overcome and triumphed over.
- These women have been compelled to make a difference – whether it is in their local communities or on the global stage.
- It’s not always about making a lot of money (although, these being the business awards, there does have to be extremely sound business and financial acumen). Sometimes the impact goes beyond finances.
- It’s not always about big corporates.
- These women are brave.
- They put themselves out there.
- They have a go.
- Often (always?) there are examples of failures and disasters along the way. It’s not about not failing – but what they have done with that failure.
- They take risks and try new things.
- Almost always they are humble. Proud but not arrogant.
They are leaders. Both in business and in life.
These women and all the finalists past and present are inspiring and extraordinary. And it’s an honour to be able to be part of the process.
Congratulations to all the finalists. Enjoy your night of nights.
And, if you would like to discuss how I could help you look at your leadership get in touch.
Until next week, happy leading.