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Welcome to She Leads Podcast Season 4, Episode 12! This episode of She Leads Podcast features Lindsey Vertner founder of Lindsey Vertner, LLC. Lindsey Vertner is a captivating speaker, leadership consultant, and personal development coach who leads her life like the Boss she is. To hear Lindsey Vertner’s take on leadership, listen to her interview as she discusses the importance of self-reflection, the power of positivity, and practicing self-care.

Lindsey Vertner’s Bio

In 2007, a “fatal” car wreck had multiple medics pronouncing Lindsey brain dead and paralyzed. Amongst a multitude of injuries and battling to live, Lindsey acquired a rare outlook on life. As a personal development coach, she uses her unparalleled perspective to push her clients towards success. As the founder of Lindsey Vertner, LLC, she is devoted to helping leaders to create a life full of purpose, balance, and happiness by empowering them to practice self-care while creating boundaries, to prioritize their goals while avoiding burnout and overwhelm, and to gain personal growth while healing limiting beliefs. As a nonprofit co-founder of The Unleashed Woman, Lindsey helps to support and uplift women through empowerment and networking events. Looking to help clients in all areas of their lives, Lindsey partnered with Max Credit Score to become a credit building expert – helping clients to reach credit scores of 700 or higher.

As a captivating speaker and leadership consultant, not only does she motivate and inspire her audience, but she challenges and encourages them to lean on her and take action immediately. Lindsey serves by speaking life into others by utilizing her inspirational experiences to provide practical and actionable tips. She facilitates private workshops in the areas of: leadership development, stress management, and time management/productivity. Authoring her forthcoming book, “When Great Isn’t Good Enough”, Lindsey aims to help readers turn their losses into lessons. With a master’s in Professional Counseling & Coaching, Lindsey is a graduate of both Indiana University and Liberty University.

Nicole Walker’s Interview Commentary

I really enjoyed this interview with Lindsey and I hope you did as well!

I agree with Lindsey’s stance on the importance of energy and paying attention to the energy we put out. As Lindsey stated, energy is always being exchanged, and we should be mindful to ensure we are putting positive energy out into the atmosphere. The energy we radiate affects the lives of those around us, so it is our responsibility to be aware of our energy. Both positive and negative energy creates a ripple effect, and we have the power to decide the type of energy we offer the world. A quote by Jon Gordon reads, “Positive energy is like a muscle. The more you use it the stronger it gets. The stronger it gets the more powerful you become.”

I admire Lindsey’s courage to be vulnerable and accept the help she needed to make her conference more successful. As Lindsey mentioned, “It takes vulnerability to let things go”. As women, we have to be careful of allowing everything to fall on us and utilize our resources to help ease the stresses of life. Yes it has to get done; however, we do not have to be the individuals to do it all!! Accepting help, seeking help, and releasing control over certain aspects of life and business is not always easy; yet, it is essential to be more productive. Successful leaders focus on the goals, and delegate the tasks.

I can relate to Lindsey’s belief that multi-tasking is a myth, as I feel the same. Lindsey and I both believe there is a difference between being busy and being productive, and encourage others to be mindful of how their time is being spent. Lindsey suggested a great tool we can utilize to ensure we are being productive and not just busy, which was a Daily Brain Detox. Clearing out our mind is necessary to properly plan and execute our success strategies. Writing our plans on paper helps to make them real and increases our probability of attainment, and working on items until completion will get us to the goals we desire more efficiently. A quote by Christopher Westra reads “The quickest way to do many things is to do one thing at a time.”

Nicole Walker’s Takeaway of the Week

Lindsey mentioned to importance of taking the purpose from our pain, and using it to be great. As Lindsey suggested, we should think of ourselves as seeds, and realize that we already have everything we need inside of us to be amazing if we allow ourselves the room needed to grow, bloom and blossom.

I will make it my business to nurture the seed within me, so I can continue to reach the heights I have been created to reach because my goal is to maximize my capacity in this world.  

A quote by Brian Tracy reads, “You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you”.

Nicole Walker’s Leadership Challenge

My leadership challenge for you would be to think about the one thing you can take away from this episode and adopt into your life.  I know it’s hard to absorb too much information at one time and it’s even harder to try and implement too many changes at once.  When I attend a training or listen to podcasts I aim to walk away with a least one thing that stuck out to me and one way that I can change as a result.  I challenge you to do the same!  If you decide to take me up on my challenge I would love to know about your key take way.  If you care to share please go to the She Leads Podcast Discussion Group on FaceBook and leave your comment under the Takeaway Thursday post for Season 4 Episode 12.

Don’t forget to subscribe to She Leads Podcast for First access to future episodes. And, like and share this episode of She Leads Podcast, “Be a Catalyst of Positivity with Lindsey Vertner”.

Thanks and until next time “Be Empowered and Empower On”!

 

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Welcome to She Leads Podcast Season 4, Episode 11! This episode of She Leads Podcast features Angel Shackleford founder of Angel Cleaning Services & More. Angel Shackleford is a Serial Entrepreneur who leads her life like the Boss she is. To hear Angel Shackleford’s take on leadership, listen to her interview as she discusses the importance of leading by example, having balance in life, and overcoming adversity.

Angel Shackleford's Bio

Angel Shackleford is a mother of five wonderful children and a serial entrepreneur. She is the proud owner and operator of 4 fabulous wonderful businesses and co-owner of one. Angel’s main goal is to accomplish and administer knowledge to her children in all areas of every field she works in. Angel is a home cleaner, patient care provider, Mobile Hair Braider, wellness consultant, and photographer. Angel is driven by the joy that comes from all of the avenues that she chooses to travel. Angel enjoys the freedom of her lifestyle and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Having a large family and being a single mom, can be difficult at times. Angel uses balance and freedom as her aid along her journey. Angel lives regret free and ensures she teaches her children how to be great based off of the lessons she has learned and used to become a better person herself. Angel’s advice to being a success mother and/or business owner is to pray, perfect your craft, be patient and be kind.

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Nicole Walker’s Interview Commentary

I really enjoyed this interview with Angel and I hope you did as well!

I agree with Angel’s view point on working hard to get where we want to be.  As Angel stated, “the more you put in the more you get out”. This statement is so true and applies over various areas of life, from business to relationships to exercise just to name a few. Working hard has both physical and mental benefits for those that choose to go the extra mile. Some of the mental benefits include mental toughness, self-discipline, and hyper focus. Additionally, when we work hard we also encourage others to do the same, leading to more goals being reached and more dreams being attained. A quote by Thomas Edison reads, “There is no substitute for hard work.”

I admire Angel’s ability to balance her personal and professional life by engaging her children in her business ventures. Many people in Angel’s situation would count themselves out due to having five children and not being able to take the time necessary to reach their dreams.  Angel has figured out a way to be both a great business woman and a great mom at the same time, which is inspiring. By doing this Angel is instilling great leadership qualities in her children as well as lightening her workload, which is a WIN-WIN. As Angel suggested, we should utilize our internal resources before seeking external help.

I can relate to Angel’s experience of making mistakes and doing things she should not have out of impulse, as I have and sometimes still experience the same. Controlling my impulses is a battle of mine that I face, sometimes on a daily basis. Mastering self-control is how we master controlling our impulses, and with effort it can be achieved. Learning to hold strong to our big goals, will help us to stay grounded when faced with temptation. A quote by Thomas Jefferson reads, “Don’t bite at the bait of pleasure until you know there is no hook beneath it.”

Nicole Walker’s Takeaway of the Week

Angel mentioned the importance of knowing and playing our position to get the best out of our experiences. I agree with this and definitely need to remind myself of this, especially when it comes to working in Corporate. I can honestly say I am not the happiest with my work-life; however, I cannot let this deter me from playing my position accordingly.

I will make it my business to respect all of my positions and figure out how to play them to the benefit of myself and those around me, as I aim to be successful in all I do and this is what is required to do so.

A quote by Colin Powell reads, “Don’t let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn’t go with it”.

Nicole Walker’s Leadership Challenge

My leadership challenge for you would be to think about the one thing you can take away from this episode and adopt into your life.  I know it’s hard to absorb too much information at one time and it’s even harder to try and implement too many changes at once.  When I attend a training or listen to podcasts I aim to walk away with a least one thing that stuck out to me and one way that I can change as a result.  I challenge you to do the same!  If you decide to take me up on my challenge I would love to know about your key take way.  If you care to share please go to the She Leads Podcast Discussion Group on FB and leave your comment under the Takeaway Thursday post for Season 4 Episode 11.

Don’t forget to subscribe to She Leads Podcast for first access to future episodes. And, like and share this episode of She Leads Podcast entitled, “Your Life Needs Balance with Angel Shackleford”.

Thanks and until next time “Be Empowered and Empower On”!

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Welcome to She Leads Podcast Season 4, Episode 10! This episode of She Leads Podcast features Terri Floyd founder of TF Solutions Center, LLC. Terri Floyd is an Adjunct Professor, Coach, and Empowerment Speaker who leads her life like the Boss she is. To hear Terri Floyd’s take on leadership, listen to her interview as she discusses the importance of collaboration, growing others via delegation, and maintaining a work/life balance.   

Terri Floyd Bio

Terri Floyd, MS a Little Rock native, wears many hats. She is a Mother, Empowerment Speaker & Coach, Change Agent, Business Owner, and Servant to name a few.  She’s a graduate of Philander Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, University of Arkansas Little Rock with a Post Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (Aging Studies) and a Master of Science degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Health Education and Health Promotion.

She has extensive years of working experience in education, mental health, public health and research fields by working as an Adjunct Professor, Intervention Specialist/Mental Health Paraprofessional (MHPP), Autism Behavior Line Therapist, Program Assistant and Researcher.

She enjoys working with her outreach ministry through social media ministry, speaking engagements, hosting empowerment events, hosting and collaborating with other organizations for health fairs and community outreach seminars. She strives to continue to share positive news and information to help her community through a servant’s heart.

Nicole Walker’s Interview Commentary

I really enjoyed this interview with Terri and I hope you did as well!

I agree with Terri’s viewpoint on the importance of being organized to successfully map out and complete our goals. Goal setting affords us the opportunity to achieve our objectives, if we put in the work needed. If you want to avoid distractions and procrastination, focus, measure progress, and stay motivated then explore organized goal setting. Organizing the attainment of our goals is essential to stay on target while exuding the least amount of energy possible to achieve success. To achieve optimal performance our goals need to be broken down into the tasks and steps required for attainment. Using products such as Terri’s Goal Digger Journal are indeed a great asset to help with the journey!

I admire Terri’s servant heart, which is shown in her efforts to give back and help others grow. Choosing to have an Outreach Ministry is definitely a great way to service the community and ignite the future generation of leaders. Successful leaders give back, by serving those in need! Social entrepreneurship is on the rise, and I am happy to see Terri doing her due diligence in this arena. A quote by J. Buchman reads, “The role of a GREAT LEADER is not to give greatness to human beings, but to help them extract the greatness they already have inside them.”

I can relate to Terri’s viewpoint on the importance of mental health and her service in improving the mindsets of those within her circle of influence, as I believe and practice the same. Mental health and mindset are the foundation to success. Terri and I push the same agenda of embracing mental health and seeking ways to stay healthy mentally, such as journaling and going to therapy. How we view life shapes what we see. Having a healthy mindset gives us the foundation needed to see things in a more positive manner. A quote by Steve Maraboli reads, “Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.”

Nicole Walker’s Takeaway of the Week

Terri shared her personal journey to learning the importance of consistent promotion to increase response rate, when she failed to do so within her business. Taking the advice from someone who has realized a gap in operations and worked to close it, is a no brainer for me!

I am proud of myself in knowing that I understand the importance of consistency and practice it in some areas of my business, and I also realize that I have areas where I can improve my consistency efforts. In an effort to continually improve, I will make it my business to figure out how I can be more consistent in the areas I am lacking, because my goal is to increase my response rate in all that I do.

A quote by Dwayne Johnson reads, “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”

Nicole Walker’s Leadership Challenge

My leadership challenge for you would be to think about the one thing you can take away from this episode and adopt into your life.  I know it’s hard to absorb too much information at one time and it’s even harder to try and implement too many changes at once.  When I attend a training or listen to podcasts I aim to walk away with a least one thing that stuck out to me and one way that I can change as a result.  I challenge you to do the same!  If you decide to take me up on my challenge I would love to know about your key take way.  If you care to share please go to the She Leads Podcast Discussion Group on FB and leave your comment under the Takeaway Thursday post for Season 4 Episode 10.

Don’t forget to subscribe to She Leads Podcast for first access to future episodes. And, like and share this episode of She Leads Podcast entitled, “Mental Health & Mindset Matter with Terri Floyd”.

Thanks and until next time “Be Empowered and Empower On”!

 

 

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Welcome to She Leads Podcast Season 4, Episode 9! This episode of She Leads Podcast features Veronica Lane founder of Project Manager Guru, Inc. Veronica Lane is an Author, Speaker, and Trainer who leads her life like the Boss she is. To hear Veronica Lane’s take on leadership, listen to her interview as she discusses the importance of emotional intelligence, overcoming challenges, and the difference between perfection and excellence.  

Veronica Lane Bio

Veronica Lane, Founder and CEO of Project Manager Guru, Inc., is a highly respected B2B management and leadership training developer serving clients across both the public and private sectors. Her successful track record affords her the opportunity to facilitate workshops for governmental clients like the United States Navy and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Fashion Industry and Institutions of Higher Learning. She is the author of The Book of Veronica - Beyond the Certification and is a regular project management speaker at business conferences across the United States and abroad.

Veronica began her career as a gymnastics coach and thought her path would include teaching children how to dig deep into their power to summon their greatness.  As time went on, this desire to better lives transformed into providing services for the finance and banking industries.  While taking on various management roles, she uncovered a gap in the employee development space.  It was this gap that lead her to create her company Project Manager Guru, Inc. 

Nicole Walker’s Interview Commentary

I really enjoyed this interview with Veronica and I hope you did as well!

I agree with Veronica’s viewpoint on the importance of working within the limitations of others to have successful and effective relationships. Veronica’s suggestion to avoid taking people out of their comfort zone in an unhealthy way, was spot on! It is extremely necessary to treat people the way THEY want to be treated, and not assume that our personal desires are the same as those around us. This takes getting to know people and respecting how they prefer to be dealt with. To be a successful leader, we MUST take ourselves out of the equation!

I admire Veronica’s determination to overcome her biggest challenge, which happened to be public speaking. Our greatest struggle can become our greatest achievement if we put in the work. According to Veronica, the challenges we experience in life are usually the areas we are meant to help others with. Veronica and many others have proven this to be so, and I believe it because I have seen and experienced it myself! In S1 E6: Leadership Empowerment with Kristin Young, she also spoke about this same concept. A quote by Albert Einstein reads, “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity”.  

I can relate to Veronica’s logical and questioning nature as I am the same. I have an issue blindly following any directions I receive that does not make sense to me, AND I will ask the questions I deem necessary to get to a better understanding before deciding whether or not to move forward. To some this behavior may come across as argumentative or defiant, while to others it comes across as being rational and having great critical thinking abilities, everyone views things differently. On a broader scale, I can see how this skillset plays a role in being in the Project Management field, which shows that is has actually served us both well in the long run.

Nicole Walker’s Takeaway of the Week

Veronica mentioned the benefits of using of our unscheduled time more effectively, in an effort to be more productive. I especially liked the idea of putting together a master tasks list of my intentions, then separating each item by critical or non-critical tasks. I see how this will make it easier to focus on the proper tasks at the appropriate time.

I do not want to get caught up doing minimal effort tasks during my peak performance time, so I will be sure to categorize my master task list accordingly. I want to increase my output, so I will make it my business to complete non-critical tasks during my in between and unscheduled time.

A quote by Sam Levenson reads, “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”

Nicole Walker’s Leadership Challenge

My leadership challenge for you would be to think about the one thing you can take away from this episode and adopt into your life.  I know it’s hard to absorb too much information at one time and it’s even harder to try and implement too many changes at once.  When I attend a training or listen to podcasts I aim to walk away with a least one thing that stuck out to me and one way that I can change as a result.  I challenge you to do the same!  If you decide to take me up on my challenge I would love to know about your key take way.  If you care to share please go to the She Leads Podcast Discussion Group on FB and leave your comment under the Takeaway Thursday post for Season 4 Episode 9.

Don’t forget to subscribe to She Leads Podcast for first access to future episodes. And, like and share this episode of She Leads Podcast entitled, “Emotional Intelligence Sets You Apart with Veronica Lane”.

Thanks and until next time “Be Empowered and Empower On”!

 

 

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Welcome to She Leads Podcast Season 4, Episode 8! This episode of She Leads Podcast features Joy Pittman founder of J.V.P. Legacy Consulting.  Joy Pittman is a Solutionist, Strategist, and Thought Partner who leads her life like the Boss she is. To hear Joy Pittman’s take on leadership, listen to her interview as she discusses the importance of self-care, finding your confidence, and evaluation.  

Joy Pittman Bio

Known as an unprecedented force in the field of Human Resources and Business Management, Joy A. Pittman is a Solutionist, Strategist and Thought Partner. Armed with a Master's degree 1n Human Resources Management, Bachelor's degree 1n Economics and certifications as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR, SH RM-SCP) in her current role Joy serves as a trusted advisor and Business Partner to C-Suite and executive level leadership. Beyond the boardroom, Joy is a keynote speaker, panelist, and facilitator. She is the CEO of J.V.P Legacy Consulting LLC where she fulfills her passion for educating and empowering others by providing effective and efficient strategies to visionaries, entrepreneurs, small business and not-for-profit decision makers.

In addition Joy is the creator of "Still Arriving", her personal content website and the producer and host of "The Joy Ride," her web-series that introduces her audience to thought leaders, content experts, and industry professionals. Through these platforms, Joy aims to foster personal empowerment, multi-generational connection, knowledge sharing and inclusion within the business environment. It is her desire to use her voice, her words and her presence, to challenge societal assumptions regarding power and privilege.

A champion for diversity and the re-centering of underrepresented identities in marginalized communities, Joy serves on the Associate Board of Grace Outreach, a nonprofit organization fostering women's empowerment through higher education and is a member of the New York Urban League of Young Professionals. Her proven methods of business development, risk avoidance, strategic planning and implementation allow her to facilitate operational efficiency while you to focus on your pursuing your passion.

Nicole Walker’s Interview Commentary

I really enjoyed this interview with Joy and I hope you did as well!

I agree with Joy’s viewpoint on the importance of self-care to be more effective and productive.  As Joy mentioned, our eating, sleeping, and exercise habits play a direct role in how we show up. Taking time to care for ourselves puts us in a better place mentally and physically, which leads to increased focus and the ability to get more done with the time we have.  As Joy mentioned, we need to add more quality to our time, and self-care is a great way to achieve this. A quote by Katie Reed reads, “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you”.

I admire Joy’s acknowledgement of originally not being a good follower, which as Joy stated is also a part of being a good leader. Being able to support another leader in their weak areas without judging and ridiculing definitely takes maturity. Understanding and respecting the bigger picture helps to make this aspect of leadership easier. I love how Joy went back to her previous leader and apologized for her shortcomings. As Joy illustrated, successful leaders acknowledge their mistakes and learn from their past behaviors.

I can relate to Joy’s struggles with her face showing her thoughts and emotions as I battle in this area as well. Initially I did not realize I had this issue, and I would often wonder why people responded to me in certain ways. Once I realized that my facial expressions can be off putting, as Joy stated, then many things started to make more sense. Learning to be mindful of my facial expressions is a constant battle that I will continue to engage in until I have mastered this craft.

Nicole Walker’s Takeaway of the Week

Joy mentioned the benefits of expanding ourselves as we grow. I really enjoyed the analogy Joy gave about how trees grow in height, while their roots increase in depth and expand in width. Successful leaders understand the need for personal and professional expansion, and actively seek ways to expand themselves.

I will make it my business to continue to expand myself personally and professional as I am to be a deeply rooted leader. One of my goals is to stand strong under pressure, so expanding myself is essential.

A quote by Nikki Rowe reads, “The chaos doesn’t end, you kinda’ just become the calm.”

Nicole Walker’s Leadership Challenge

My leadership challenge for you would be to think about the one thing you can take away from this episode and adopt into your life.  I know it’s hard to absorb too much information at one time and it’s even harder to try and implement too many changes at once.  When I attend a training or listen to podcasts I aim to walk away with a least one thing that stuck out to me and one way that I can change as a result.  I challenge you to do the same!  If you decide to take me up on my challenge I would love to know about your key take way.  If you care to share please go to the She Leads Podcast Discussion Group on FB and leave your comment under the Takeaway Thursday post for Season 4 Episode 8.

Don’t forget to subscribe to She Leads Podcast for first access to future episodes. And, like and share this episode of She Leads Podcast entitled, “Evaluate The Why Behind The What with Joy Pittman”.

Thanks and until next time “Be Empowered and Empower On”!

 

 

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Welcome to She Leads Podcast Season 4, Episode 7! This episode of She Leads Podcast features Tonya Burke founder of Hidden Gems Enterprise.  Tonya Burke is an Author, Podcast Host, and Political Strategist who leads her life like the Boss she is. To hear Tonya Burke’s take on leadership, listen to her interview as she discusses the importance of mentors, networking, and resting.  

Tonya Burke Bio

Tonya Burke is a sought-after expert, speaker, coach, strategist, and author of On The Edge of Greatness: A Real Conversation on How Black Women Can Take Over By Powerfully Running For Office; Co-Author of God Doesn’t Want You To Be Broke; host of the highly anticipated podcast Hey Colored Girls You Tha S.H.I.T. (Sisterhood of Highly Innovative Trailblazers); An award-winning politician and community leader that has been advocating as early as elementary school.

Most commonly known as The Political Badass TM, as she Educates, Empowers, and Engages women to run for political office; seek leadership positions in the public and private sectors; and help the leaders of leaders use their inner super hero powers, gifts and purpose; making their mark in the world; all while still loving the life that they live, enjoying their families, and keeping their sanity in the process. Tonya is the Founder and CEO of Hidden Gems Enterprise (www.tonyaburke.org), a boutique leadership coaching, political consulting and strategy firm.

She has been featured in The Atlantic, Black Voice News, Press Enterprise, Precinct Reporter, Noteworthy and Blavity. She has appeared as a panel expert with former Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Clinton and Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a commentator on Canadian Television (CTV), a special guest on Message to The Masses with Tesa, and Charter Local Edition.

Tonya received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz; her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Tonya resides in Perris, California with her husband Jason and three children Devon(23), Brianna(22), and Jaylyn(17).

Nicole Walker’s Interview Commentary

I really enjoyed this interview with Tonya and I hope you did as well!

I agree with Tonya’s viewpoint on the importance of not being an egotistical leader, as we need to understand that we are leading for ourselves as well as others. According to Tonya, we need to realize and be grounded in the fact that it’s not all about us, and work toward the greater good for those around us. Successful leaders do not only uplift themselves, they also uplift and push other people. In an effort to not be a “resource hogger” as Tonya stated, we should aim to create a platform for others to elevate themselves also. A quote by Jack Welch reads, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others”.

I admire Tonya’s ability to bounce back from her public failure and use the lessons she learned to show up better and stronger. Tonya could have easily chose to retreat and let this experience defeat and deflate her, but she did not.  For Tonya, this failure was the best thing that happened to her, because it woke her up. As a result she was able to learn about herself, dig deeper within herself, and love herself more. Sounds like a win in my book! As Tonya mentioned, negative situations can yield positive results, if we do not allow our experiences to go in vain. This reminds me of the Season 4 Episode 1 interview with Chinyere Sam entitled “Experiences Make You Stronger”, as they most definitely do.

I can relate to Tonya’s belief that women do not often realize their leadership skills and are not always recognized for them, as I believe the same. Through the ages we have been leading in our households, churches, and the school systems; yet, we do not always recognize or get credit for our leadership contributions. Tonya did not seeing her leadership abilities when her father did, and similarly, I did not see my leadership abilities growing up yet my Great-Grandmother and Grandfather did. Only after stepping up and putting herself out there to run or public office did Tonya see herself as a leader. Likewise, I did not see myself as a leader until I began creating She Leads Podcast and Nicole Walker Network. I love when everything falls together and we find ourselves exactly where we are supposed to be, even if we did not initially have the mindset or vision.

Nicole Walker's Takeaway of the Week

Tonya mentioned the necessity of resting our bodies and souls in an effort to be the best leader we can be. As Tonya mentioned, if we are not good personally we cannot show up the way we may want for others. We have to be mindful not to wear ourselves down and take proper care of ourselves, if we want to lead effectively.

I will make it my business to practice self-care more often and ensure proper rest and rejuvenation as a part of my regimen. Considering that I aim to help others be better and do better, it is imperative that I am whole before I can give myself fully to this cause.

A quote by Ovid reads, “Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop”.

Nicole Walker’s Leadership Challenge

My leadership challenge for you would be to think about the one thing you can take away from this episode and adopt into your life.  I know it’s hard to absorb too much information at one time and it’s even harder to try and implement too many changes at once.  When I attend a training or listen to podcasts I aim to walk away with a least one thing that stuck out to me and one way that I can change as a result.  I challenge you to do the same!  If you decide to take me up on my challenge I would love to know about your key take way.  If you care to share please go to the She Leads Podcast Discussion Group on FB and leave your comment under the Takeaway Thursday post for Season 4 Episode 7.

Don’t forget to subscribe to She Leads Podcast for first access to future episodes. And, like and share this episode of She Leads Podcast entitled, “Lift as You Climb with Tonya Burke”.

Thanks and until next time “Be Empowered and Empower On”!

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Welcome to She Leads Podcast Season 4, Episode 6! This episode of She Leads Podcast features Devoreaux Walton founder of The Modern Lady.  Devoreaux is an Author, Confidence Coach, and Women Empowerment Advocate who leads her life like the Boss she is. To hear Devoreaux Walton’'s take on leadership, listen to her interview as she discusses the importance of having a mentor, standing up for the less fortunate, and being organized.

Devoreaux Walton’s Bio

Devoreaux Walton is an author and confidence coach who serves as the CEO and Founder at The Modern Lady, a lifestyle company that educates and empowers women to live their best lives. Walton and her team teach women worldwide how to elevate their lives with elegance – helping them to unlock and unleash their feminine power through coaching, courses and community. Walton knows the power of mindset, wardrobe and charisma, and teaches timeless life principles for women to upgrade the essence of their chic selves to truly thrive. A Spelman College graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Washington University in St. Louis graduate with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Walton is candid about sharing lessons learned from her corporate career at Google and IBM to inform and inspire her clients. A southern belle from Atlanta, Georgia, Walton currently resides in Dallas, Texas, with her Maltipoo daughter, Nyla. To learn more please visit www.TheModernLady.com  

Nicole Walker’s Interview Commentary

I really enjoyed this interview with Devoreaux, and I hope you did as well.

I agree with Devoreaux’s viewpoint of it being frightening, yet necessary to step outside of our comfort zone. When we step outside of our comfort zone, we allow ourselves to grow personally and professionally. As Devoreaux mentioned, stepping outside of our comfort zone is where the magic happens. IF we are looking to achieve optimal performance, THEN we must step outside of our comfort zone. Learning to get comfortable being uncomfortable is what successful leaders do. A quote by Neal Donald Walsch reads, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.

I admire Devoreaux’s decision to stand up for the underdog as it shows her care and compassion for those around her. Being a compassionate leader is so important. I especially admire how Devoreaux exhibited this trait while growing up and ended up working in a field where she is still standing up for those that need her. Choosing to work with women who feel less than an undeserving of love is needed and I'm glad to see Devoreaux leading in this capacity. We all have power and  must choose whether to use our power for good or bad. Devoreaux decided to use her power for good by helping others.

I can relate to Devereaux being the queen of lists as I am the same. I love lists as they help me to stay organized and track my progress. Putting a check next to completed items on my list soothes my soul, as I am a results oriented individual. Lists help to make goals and aspirations tangible and within reach. Breaking down goals into tasks and using lists to plan those tasks is essential for success. List gives you direction and helps to relieve stress, further proving why lists are important for progress. If you need direction and want to relieve stress, like me, then using lists is the way to go.

Nicole Walker’s Takeaway of the Week

Devoreaux mentioned the importance of listening more than you speak, in an effort to be mindful of not pushing your own agenda. As Devoreaux suggested, we should tailor our leadership to what others are seeking and not be self serving. As Devoreaux stated, we must be open minded and not overlook this simple task.

I will make it my business to listen more and speak less, as I aim to be more mindful of others. I do not want to be self serving, and I know this is a must to reach this goal. I care about helping others and realize that I must listen to successfully do so. I have to listen to the needs of others above my personal desires.

A quote by Doug Larson reads, “wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd preferred to talk”.

Nicole Walker’s Leadership Challenge of the Week

My leadership challenge for you is to think about the one thing you can take away from this episode and adopted for your life. I know it's hard to absorb too much information at one time and it's even harder to try and implement to make changes at once. When I attend a training or listen to podcasts, I aim to walk away with at least one thing that stuck out to me and one way that I can change as a result. I challenge you to do the same. If you decide to take me up on my challenge, I would love to know about your key takeaway, if you care to share please go to the She Leads Podcast Discussion Group on Facebook and leave your comment under the Takeaway Thursday post or Season 4, Episode 6.

Don't forget to subscribe to She Leads Podcast or first access to future episodes. And, also like and share this episode of She Leads Podcast entitled “Listen More, Speak Less with Devoreaux Walton”.

Thanks. And until next time, “Be Empowered and Empower On”.

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