Have you ever given yourself a pat on the back for doing the right thing? Yes! Me too! A few weeks ago I made the right call telling myself to ask for help and for further insight. It meant bravely asking for support and resources and I knew I had to muster a little courage to be very clear about my request.
In the past, I have periodically been shy about “making the ask” for specific resources and connections. But, in more recent years I have been clear to outline specifically what I need, want, or wish.
Now, do not get me wrong that I get all that I ask for. No, no, no! But, I am saying that I set my intentions about asking for the right people to connect with, the right answers to my questions, and the right timing to challenges that leave me puzzled.
A perfect example in recent weeks was an interest to connect more widely with like-minded women leaders — those who are trailblazers and advocates. I knew that it could not just be to find those with who I have connected within a variety of noteworthy endeavors.
But, I needed to be intentional about connecting with women on a mission to bring about change systemic processes. That is when I connected with a few who I was working on through a different endeavor. We were all laser-focused on our individual efforts but noted our mutual interests to support other women. Ah-ha! Yes, that was my lightbulb moment!
The sheer joy to find others with a heart for service to other women leaders was unparalleled! It truly made my heart sing to connect with those already empowering women to find their inner woman leader.
Along this leadership path of my own, I have connected with so many remarkable women. And in recent weeks, my goal of asking to connect more meaningfully with women leaders empowering other women-led me to connect with several others as well from around the globe.
In the coming weeks, I will share more about my journey connecting with other women. Thankfully, I had the courage to know the power to ask. Do you?
-Dawn McCoy, author Leadership Building Blocks: An Insider’s Guide to Success and 6 Ways that Leaders Find Balance. Click here to get more information.