Feb 11, 2020
Many women aren’t even aware of
all the ways they give their power away or aren’t even sure how to
use their power in a society that tells them otherwise. Gloria
Feldt has made it her life’s mission to help ambitious and
confident women recognize their own power, and exercise it in a way
that helps them and others to achieve big things in life. Gloria is
a Best-Selling Author, Co-Founder and President of Take the Lead
and acclaimed expert on women, power, and leadership with decades
of frontline leadership experience. This week, she talks about her
own personal realization that she was giving her power away, and
what she did to remedy it. She also discusses how we can become
aware of our power, how to keep it and light the path for other
women to do the same.
What You Will Hear in This Episode:
addition to Take the Lead and being a best-selling author, Gloria
is the former president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood
Federation of America. She was also named one of “America’s Top 200
Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers” in Vanity Fair, and
Glamour’s “Woman of the Year”.
working in the civil rights movement, Gloria noticed two things
that showed her how important it was for her to focus on women
claiming their power: ordinary people can make a real change when
they join together, and men were taking the credit for the hard
work done by women.
- It is
never too late to step up and claim your power. It doesn’t matter
if you are in your 40’s, 50’s, or beyond.
- Gloria experienced a wake-up call that she had
to speak up and use her own voice in her professional life when she
experienced being shut out of receiving the recognition and
opportunities she deserved from putting in the hard
though the number of women in leadership roles has risen, many
women either don’t know they have power, don’t know what to do with
it, and are treated badly by society when they do try and use their
power. This finding led Gloria to write No Excuses which was a social commentary book that
happened to have great leadership skills in it.
- Knowing your agenda is the most important way
to claim your power and be “intentioning” all the
attention to your language, and try to speak in simpler and
declarative sentences, even though email.
have the power to create history for the next generation of
- Owning your value gives you more confidence to
put yourself out there.
may not have had control over how our story started, but we can
have control over how our story ends.
if you think you don’t have power, if you join together with other
people who share your values, you can make
is now obvious that leadership can come in a higher pitched voice,
and a turquoise pants suit.”
more women we see in top leadership positions, the more normal it
grow our courage muscle by using it, much like we grow our physical
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