What does it take to be a leader?

This morning I was reading the NY Times and came across an interview with Debra L. Lee, CEO of BET Networks: "Sometimes, You Have to Say 'My,' not 'Our.' The interview focuses on Lee's transition to leadership over at BET. I, for one, can say over the years I went from BET fanatic (clearly during my middle school/high school years when it all seemed so new) to BET unimpressed. However, I really enjoyed this interview and the insight it brought on transitioning to leadership, especially from a women's perspective. My friends and I constantly have discussions on what it means to be a good leader, reaching the top and whether that is truly attainable as a woman. It was useful to read about another woman's experience and reflect. I also thought her comments translated to good life lessons, but that's just me getting deep! What do you all think? What are things that have to be done to reach the leadership point? For Lee, it seems it was about moving past thinking about we/us and getting to me/I. Do yall agree?

I am personally going through a transition at work and taking on a new role, when I read the interview I decided to jot down a few notes:
1) Decide your own vision
2) What do you want to be known for? What do you want to accomplish?
3) Take ownership
4) Get involved
5) Don't let compassion kill you

What were your takes?

Just Write...

I've made countless attempts at writing something that I think is catchy, will flow and be well received by readers to explain my vision and the purpose of this blog. Dozens of attempts to convey my passion for serving as an inspiration to others, serving as a source of motivation and sharing my own life experiences as well as those of the many close family and friends that I have, all of whom have surpassed obstacles and barriers that many others would have deemed insurmountable. After all these attempts and getting nowhere with my timeline to go live with this blog, a very close family member impressed upon me to just write (thank you Chris J). So simple yet it has taken me until now to get it…JUST WRITE.

Shreeta's Story

I am a survivor! I have and continue to survive life and it hasn’t been no picnic either. A project chick from Harlem, well aware of the issues that plague society; drug addiction – I’ve seen it, poverty – I grew up in it. I know the statistics well and have beaten the odds slimly, but I live by the premise that it is more than just me. I am passionate about helping others to get past obstacles, in the very same way that others helped and pushed me along the way. Over the past couple of months I have been dreaming about getting this blog started, to generate discussion and SOLUTIONS on life issues and moving past obstacles to get to the next level – hence the name Elevator Talk. It’s about sharing experiences, passing down knowledge, spreading information and motivation. From discussions on personal growth to navigating the professional world, I am using this blog to promote leadership, inspiration, creativity and uplift. I hope you find this blog and future events to be a resource for achieving your next level move. Subscribe, follow us on twitter and tell your friends. This is just the beginning.

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