While conceptions of leadership, especially in the developing world context, tend to conjure images of brutal, corrupt and compulsive leaders preoccupied with their own power-amassing ambitions and addressing the lowly masses from on high, true and effective leadership actually has very little to do with oppression, control and domination and a lot with empowering and motivating.To be an effective leader, one must turn all of his or her so called followers into leaders. Paradoxical much? Yet at the heart of this paradox lies a simple yet compelling concept that defines true leadership.
As professionals in the non profit sector, we spend so much of our time, energy and work thinking about others.While this is great and fills us with a sense of fulfillment and purpose,we run the risk of burn out and|or stress and anxiety.
It is important for us to take care of ourselves so that we can perform at our best. When we are good to ourselves only then we do good work and this act of taking care of ourselves is basically self-care
But what is self care?
In the words of Bob Dylan, “The first thing you notice about New Orleans are the burying grounds – the cemeteries – and they’re a cold proposition, one of the best things there are here. Going by, you try to be as quiet as possible, better to let them sleep. Greek, Roman, sepulchres- palatial mausoleums made to order, phantomesque, signs and symbols of hidden decay – ghosts of women and men who have sinned and who’ve died and are now living in tombs.”
I didn’t choose the PM life, the PM life chose me!
Like seriously I don’t know anyone who grows up thinking, “I’d like to be a project manager when I grow up” but project management for me has happened organically in the planning, organizing and managing of efforts to accomplish goals in a defined timespan. Alot of us are constantly project managing even when we are not and so I decided to embark on this journey to learn about different tools and techniques that make successful project managers. There are some tools out there that I love using and I am constantly evolving, learning in this space. its not a static learning curve but a process of discovering what works best for your organisation and your project. Here are some of my go-to’s:
Although, without a doubt, women’s rights and freedoms have expanded by leaps and bounds in the past 100 heck 20 years, the idea that women have fully attained equality is quite simply preposterous – especially in light of most recent events (looking at you and your “locker-room talk” Donald Trump).
Without doubt, courage is something we all esteem. How else can we justify our idolisation of soldiers risking their lives in faraway battlefields and fictional superheroes saving the day? There is no paucity of courageous images in our society; from traditional spear-wielding warriors to contemporary medal-adorned uniformed sergeants. From national heroes who lead their countries to victorious wars to the community hero who is bent on saving a tree from being chopped down by a major construction company looking to set up a new shopping complex. We are saturated by images of courage. Yet in the words of Mark Twain, “It is curious–curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.”