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Executive Presence-12 Amazing Women Leaders Born in the Month of December

Executive Presence-12 Amazing Women Leaders Born in the Month of December

by Terri L. Williams

merkleThis year Time Magazine 2015 selected Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, as the Time Magazine Person of the Year. She is recognized for her leadership in the Greek debt crisis and European migrant crisis.

Eliza Gray, of Time Magazine, shares that the Person of the Year honor, formerly called Man of the Year until 1999 is an annual issue of the United States news magazine Time that features and profiles a person, group, idea or object that “for better or for worse…has done the most to influence the events of the year.”

 

 

 

LindberghThe first selection for the Time Magazine Man of the Year honor was Charles Lindbergh in 1927. Lindbergh became the first person to fly a plane solo non-stop across the Atlantic, from New York to Paris. Nancy Gibbs , Time Magazine, states, “A woman has not been selected in 29 years.”. In 1986, Corazon C. Aquino, a Filipino politician who served as the 11th President of the Philippines was selected. She was the first woman to hold that office and the first female president in Asia. . Aquino was a prominent figure in 1986’s People Power Revolution.Aquino

Angela Merkel’s selection is a wonderful recognition for women across the globe. The short list for the prestigious honor of the 2015 Time Magazine Person of the Year included: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi; Donald Trump; Black Lives Matter; Hassan Rouhani; Travis Kalanick; and Caitlyn Jenner.

In the spirit of the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel’s selection as the Person of the Year, this week in preparing my last blog for 2015, I realized that there are 12 female industry leaders born in the month of December whose talents and contributions represent a range across a myriad of industries inclusive of sports, entertainment, business, activism, fashion design, and journalism. The women include:

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1. December 1st- Janelle Monáe Robinson – Entertainer

2. December 2nd – Britney Spears – Entertainer
3. December 4th – Tyra Banks – Model/Entertainer
4. December 5th – Lauren London – Actress
5. December 8th – Nicki Minaj – Entertainer
6. December 13th – Taylor Swift – Entertainer
7. December 18th – Cicely L. Tyson – American actress, recipient of Kennedy Center Honor
8. December 22nd – Janet Langhart Cohen – Journalist, Author, Civil Rights Activist
9. December 23rd – Sarah Breedlove , known as Madam C. J. Walker – American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the first female self-made millionaire in American
10. December 24th – Kate Spade – Fashion Designer
11. December 24th – Mary Teresa Barra – General Motors (GM) CEO
12. December 31st – Gabrielle Christina Victoria “Gabby” Douglas – American artistic gymnast, Olympic Gold Medalist

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE PERSPECTIVES
From an executive presence perspective, leadership core traits include key intangibles inclusive of confidence, decisiveness, emotional intelligence, integrity, reputation, and vision.

The 12 female industry leaders born in the month of December each embrace the core traits and intangibles in their professional contributions and contributions to society.

Ebony Cover Nov 2000In November 2000, Ebony Magazine celebrated its 55th Anniversary. I was honored work with one of our December leaders, Janet Langhart-Cohen. I had an opportunity to serve as a special assistant to the Secretary of Defense. In this role, I worked closely with the Secretary’s spouse Janet Langhart-Cohen on improving Quality of Life Issues for over 2 million service members across the globe. Ebony Magazine named Janet First Lady of the Pentagon and covered Janet’s contributions as she performed her efforts with no salary for four years. I assisted Janet as she focused on improving spouse employment, wages, salaries, housing, healthcare, and education. The impact of this story was significant for the military community and nearly 30 million military veterans across all demographic profiles.

 

 

Rezvani, states, “To advance your career, first do the best job possible where you are now. Focus on mastering the primary skills and core activities of your current position.”

In December 2009, Praeger Publications, released of author Selena Rezvani book, The Next The Next Generation of Women LeadersGeneration of Women Leaders What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School . Rezvani offers key points, which serve as examples for women across industries to hone their crafts as leaders, which include:

1. Activities outside work will help you gain experience and enhance your résumé.
2. Aligning your career goals with your values and passions leads to fulfillment at work.
3. Don’t ignore office politics; understand its dynamics, but avoid gossip.
4. Knowing how to negotiate is crucial to advancing your career; get comfortable with it.
5. Many fields are suffering from the “thinning effect” of losing women at every rung of the professional ladder.
6. Master the “core competencies” of your job to move ahead, but don’t neglect your leadership, communications and people skills.
7. Networking, both inside and outside your organization, expands your knowledge and acts as a professional safety net.
8. Strive to become indispensable to your boss and co-workers.
9. “Social, economic, psychological and generational barriers” keep women from attaining leadership positions.
10. Work and life never balance, so focus on what needs your attention at any given time.

“Remember, your total contribution to your organization is made up of far more than just your specialized knowledge.”
Selena Rezvani, Author

SOURCES
Nancy Gibbs (9 December 2015). “The Choice: Why Angela Merkel is TIME’s Person of the Year 2015”. TIME.

Eliza Gray. “Person of the Year – TIME”. TIME.com. Retrieved 2015-07-25.

Person of the Year: 75th Anniversary Celebration (Special Collector’s ed.). New York: Time Books. 2002.

Selena Rezvani, The Next Generation of Women Leaders What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School 2009

Robert Viagas. “Carole King, Cicely Tyson, Rita Moreno and More Named 2015 Kennedy Center Honorees” playbill.com, July 15, 2015

Wiikpedia, articles for: Janelle Monáe Robinson, Britney , Tyra Banks ; Lauren London, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Cicely L. Tyson – American actress, recipient of Kennedy Center Honor, Janet Langhart, Sarah Breedlove, Kate Spade, Mary Teresa Barra, and Gabrielle Christina Victoria “Gabby” Douglas.

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panache-logoTerri L. Williams is an executive presence expert specializing in communications, gravitas, and appearance. She is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of specialized experience in human resource management and corporate protocol. Terri is also a veteran of the United States Army, with service in domestic and international assignments. As the President and Founder of Panache Career Strategies, LLC, Terri L. Williams leads Executive Presence training programs and seminars that can help you to improve your skills. A leader in facilitating the “gold standard” in a wide range of services focused on solutions for individual, group, customized programs, seminars and keynote speeches. Working with leaders and executives Panache Career Strategies, LLC will support their executive presence goals in communications and gravitas.

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Executive Presence: 13 Leadership Lessons from Jesus

Executive Presence:  13 Leadership Lessons from Jesus

By Terri L. Williams

This coming week on December 25th we will celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. In addition to God’s word in the Bible, which provides thousands of leadership lessons, there are 2 terrific national bestsellers which reflect leadership skills of Jesus Christ, I believe contain some valuable lessons.

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First, “Jesus CEO Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership” by Laurie Beth Jones celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Published in 1995, Jones presents Jesus Christ ‘s iconic and profoundly successful leadership style and profiles his leadership. Jones identifies Jesus’ key areas of success and presents quotes by Jesus as separate lessons. Lessons include how the Omega management style incorporates and enhances the best from masculine and feminine leadership styles; and how Jesus’ successful management practices stemmed from the principles that guide his life and teachings; and what kinds of leadership strength Jesus possessed.

Publishers Weekly comments about the book included: Jesus was able to motivate his staff of 12, ergo, there is much to be learned from his teachings, stresses California management consultant Jones, whose sentiments as expressed here ring with sincerity. Her thoughtful use of Jesus’s biblical sayings on belief, boldness, discipline and the like add to her credibility. However, one wonders about the practical value of certain of her anecdotes, like the one about a “phenomenally successful” executive recruiter who imagines that God is on the line every time her office phone rings, which inspires her to do her utmost to serve the caller. And one questions Jones’s notions regarding the Alpha, i.e., masculine, style of management and Beta, or feminine, use of power, as well as her Omega hypothesis, which incorporates both the Alpha and Beta approaches. Readers might do well to refer to the Bible on their own to glean the messages Jones presents.

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The second book, ”The Leadership Wisdom of Jesus Practical Lessons for Today” by Charles C. Manz and Berrett Koehler 16th anniversary.  Manz avoids preaching or proselytizing, so the book can appeal to a broad spectrum of readers – whether or not they are religious, or even Christian. His perspective on leadership, in the age of globalization, outsourcing, rightsizing, mergers, acquisitions, and emphasis on the bottom line, presents solid leadership for the business executive based on the fundamental wisdom of Jesus Christ. The subject manner offers huge challenges for the executive of today. Ideas such as lead by serving, passiveness, lifting up employees, and leadership through example are all sound but seem to be huge challenges in todays world. Key lessons include: why effective leaders need to be compassionate, humble and caring; why employees will strive to meet the high expectations you set if you act out of integrity; and how establishing a firm moral and ethical base sets the tone for your organization.

Editorial reviews from the Library Journal include: The idea that a happy workforce is an effective one isn’t new. However, organizational consultant Manz (Business Without Bosses, Wiley, 1993) brings a fresh approach to the concept, showing how the deeper vision of the gospels can teach business leaders to emphasize commitment over a bottom-line agenda by recognizing the value and contribution of every individual. Applying lessons from Jesus’ parables to the corporation, Manz illustrates the effectiveness of “mustard-seed power”: that truthfulness, humility, compassion, forgiveness, and love are the farthest-reaching approaches a leader can use to inspire others to contribute their best work efforts. Written for a broad audience, this is suitable for both public and corporate libraries.

Executive Presence Perspectives

From an executive Presence perspective inspired by God’s word in the Bible, both holy-biblebooks, which offer the leadership efforts of Jesus are aligned with the area of Gravitas. Both Jesus CEO Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership and The Leadership Wisdom of Jesus Practical Lessons for Today, combined offer 13 excellent Leadership Lessons for today’s leaders, which include:

1. Jesus had the three strengths essential in a successful leader: self-mastery, action, and relationships. In comparison, God speaks to us in comparison of this lesson in Proverbs 25:28, A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

2. He stuck to his mission, was passionate about his work, and did things creatively. He believed in his own abilities and the abilities of his staff. Comparatively, Philippians 4:13, states I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

3. He supported his staff members and gave them respect, love, and authority.

4. He supported women in leadership roles and provided them with many opportunities.

5. Jesus used what can be termed the Omega management style, which incorporates and enhances the best from both styles.

6.  The Alpha management style is based on the masculine, authoritative use of power.

7.  The Beta management style is based on the feminine, cooperative use of power.

8. Look in the mirror and master the art of leading yourself first, you need to “cleanse your insides,” commit to ethical behavior and let your inner light shine. Rather than exaggerating your own superiority and importance, be humble. Have an attitude of “humility, service and forgiveness.” God speaks to us in comparison of this lesson in 1 Peter 5:3 ESV / 15. Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.

9. Through self-leadership, you can serve as a model for others. He treated all people equally, no matter who they were or what their station in life. In the Bible, God speaks to us for this lesson through John 13:12-15, by stating When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

10. To perform effectively in the long run, appeal to the “inner truth” of each person.

11. You can become a wise, effective leader by applying Jesus’ constructive and compassionate approach.

12. You need compassion to lead others effectively, because we are all flawed human beings.

13. Your goal is to empower others to unleash their talents and abilities, and inspire others to do their best by leading them to lead themselves.

Sources:
The English Standard Version Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments with Apocrypha. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009.
Laurie Beth Jones, Jesus CEO Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership, Hyperion 1995.
Charles C. Manz and Berrett Koehler, The Leadership Wisdom of Jesus, Practical Lessons for Today, 1999.

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panache-logoTerri L. Williams is an executive presence expert specializing in communications, gravitas, and appearance. She is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of specialized experience in human resource management and corporate protocol. Terri is also a veteran of the United States Army, with service in domestic and international assignments. As the President and Founder of Panache Career Strategies, LLC, Terri L. Williams leads Executive Presence training programs and seminars that can help you to improve your skills. A leader in facilitating the “gold standard” in a wide range of services focused on solutions for individual, group, customized programs, seminars and keynote speeches. Working with leaders and executives Panache Career Strategies, LLC will support their executive presence goals in communications and gravitas.
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