Leadership positions and monumental successes are not for special people. Whether in the minority, majority, or whatever designation you give yourself, you can break the barriers and status quo to become a leader in your field. These inspiring black female leaders are proof that it is possible. So, we caught up with them to find out what drives them, and here are the leadership tips they had to share.
Consistent Growth Through Learning
Dr. Nicole Cole or Dr. CoCo, who started her healthcare career in the humble position of CNA, echoes the value of education in personal growth and successful career advancement. She is now the founder and director of Bannic healthcare and attributes her love of knowledge and continuous education to where she is now. Growing into leadership means investing in yourself and the skills you need to move forward.
Identify and Invest in Your Passion
Impactful leadership starts with passion. Whether in business or professional careers, people that pace set have an inner drive and love for what they do. “Hard work is not hard work if you love what you do,” Dr.Coco says. In her current role as a director, she is super busy and travels a lot to different parts of the country. But, what may seem like hard work to others feels as natural as breathing to her. Kim Henderson, a CRNA and the WBNA president-elect and advocate, echoes this sentiment. For her, a healthcare career was always what she was passionate about since childhood. That desire led her to become a pacesetter in a nursing practice sector with the lowest representation of the black community.
“I started Bannic healthcare out of a need to pass on knowledge and experience from my career of 20 to 30 years. And to build the next generation of healthcare workers possessing the appropriate values- compassion, kindness, and warmth”, Dr.Coco. The best way to deal with challenges as a leader or administrator in any capacity is through education. Teach and show others especially, those you are leading, how to do something. And they will do it well, eliminating productivity and efficiency gaps.
Adapt to Trends, Be Flexible
Times change so fast- trends and innovations happen in the blink of an eye. That means being quick to jump on board and move with what works in the business world. A leader should take into account and adapt if they are to remain relevant and competitive. Dr. CoCo recounts how much a time difference of ten years made in marketing her business. Realizing that what worked then wouldn’t currently. Today’s entrepreneurs and leaders must invest in digital marketing to be visible to their audience. Follow the full conversation here.
The top people embrace the potential opportunities present in the unchartered territory-Tonika Bruce. Tonika, the award-winning nurse leader and coach, always emphasizes the need to be creative in her business training and books. By not limiting your mind to the belief that you can’t go any farther, you can break new records every day and become limitless. A leader others admire and follow is tenacious, brave, and a forward thinker, embracing new ideas or creating them. Innovation makes leaders thrive and remain relevant. If you are in business, leading a project, or a company executive, focus on creating new angles to your product or spin-offs that will add value to your customers and team. Bring meaning to those you lead and provide solutions to your clients.
“You can’t always deliver the right solutions, but you can make human interactions”-Lorena Acosta. Leaders will forever have obstacles and challenges, but they rise above them by figuring out what works and what doesn’t, then move forward. Part of these challenges come in the form of failed products or services. Personal brand consultant and LinkedIn superstar Lorena advises on taking the win in the situation- forging alliances with the connections you have made. Since the goal of thought leadership is not just selling but becoming a brand and role model. It is also crucial to be a human first when dealing with the team and employees. It helps build trust and a support system.
Leadership is within and without. Iconic leaders start from finding and leading themselves first, just like our inspiring minority women leaders. Visit and follow the leadership podcast for regular tips and trending topics.