By Marni McEntee
All of us have leadership qualities. We just need to nurture and cultivate them to help them fully develop, say Lisa Curley and Sarah Rogers, who’ll present strategies to boost your leadership skills at BRAVA’s THRIVE Career Workshop this month.
“Everyone is a leader in some way, whether you are a volunteer or CEO,” Curley and Rogers say. “All roles share similar competencies such as emotional maturity, inclusion and influence. The key is to develop qualities like these as you move into new roles with increased responsibility.”
Curley, 4-H Program Coordinator at the Dane County UW-Extension, and Rogers, Director of Leadership at the Girl Scouts Badgerland Council, say you’ll walk away with real skills to do just that at the June 19 event at the Promega BTC Center in Fitchburg.
The strategies they present can defuse one of the main leadership bugaboos for women: lack of confidence.
“This workshop will help participants work past this mind-block to see the leadership competencies they already possess and opportunities for personal growth,” they say.
Rogers and Curley say the challenges they’ve faced ended up making them better leaders in the long run. “I began my professional career in a male-dominated space where my skills and abilities were overlooked. After finding my way to Girl Scouts, I now have a voice that is heard and I am recognized for the role I play in growing female leaders,” Rogers says.
Curley says when she was unexpectedly laid off after 20 years in her field, she felt temporarily lost without a workplace. “I realize now, this time away gave me the chance to refocus and better understand my sense of self. I again feel confident about how I want to contribute as a leader.”
Click here to register for the June 19 THRIVE Career workshop.