Women weren’t always given the right, the opportunity, nor the education to compete on the world’s stage. Nor could we represent ourselves as leaders in society or vote for representation of ourselves. We were completely shut out and left to defend for ourselves. Men were considered owners of us and their opinions outweighed ours with family and stranger. Many women were left to suffer alone. History gives numerous accounts of beaten, bruised and battered women. However, thankfully some aspects of reality have changed. Women now occupy leadership positions in just about every area of business, politics, and culture. Many women have proven over the years that they too can be highly effective in a wide range of fields; including but not limited to science, education, and technology. Let us not forget to mention the leadership role women have always played in their homes and communities.
Leadership lies within our very essence. However, it was not until the 1900′s that America considered it sociably acceptable for women to have careers outside of the home. Since then, the U.S. has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of women in the workforce. Many of whom have successfully grown their own companies. These women continuously destroy stereotypes and have redefined the concept of who the woman is and what is the woman’s role. Females are now proving that they are just as efficient as their male counterparts in many areas. The matriarchy ideology of the woman has been shattered by the modern women. These accomplishments were made possible as a result of women understanding key underlying principles: patience, ethics, and constant learning and application,
I interviewed Michelle Nettles on her role as a leader. Michelle Nettles works full-time as a nurse and also manages a number of other employees. Throughout the conversation she emphasized the importance of having patience. She stated that a leader must be able to exercise restraint and place others above themselves. She believes that a leader who lacks patience would eventually defeat themselves because of the nature of the position. It is logical that having patience would be an asset. The very nature of the business is demanding and stressful. Her understanding is that everyday multiple problems arise however, the leader should be able to maneuver seamlessly without flaw. Another interesting topic we discussed during our interview was the topics of ethics. We discussed the importance of morality in leadership, and why dealing morally with others is necessary. Morals are the glue to a person’s character. Mrs. Nettles interacts daily with people of all walks of life. She stated that she has also seen on a few occasions how someone could be placed into leadership positions prematurely. She believes as many do that building leadership skills is a process.
One issue that arose within the interview was that not enough people cared to educate themselves beyond their initial education. She felt strongly that the attainment of knowledge is a life-long endeavor, and she encourages others to continue their search for new things to learn. I learned that to be truly effective one must be humble and one who is just and moral, as well as one who listens, and a thinker in order to be an effective leader. Anyone can lead, but not everyone can lead effectively.This interview has taught me that listening is more important than talking. I know now I must develop the humane part of myself in order to thrive in the leadership position. I know that to be truly effective I must humble myself to those around me. I have learned that in order to become a better leader I have to become a better person.