When I sit back and reflect on my family ancestry and those that have influenced my leadership style, it becomes clear to me that it’s often the women in my family lineage who have contributed to the beliefs and values of who I have become.
The women in my family have a trend of enduring extremely difficult times and circumstances. These circumstances made them very resilient and gave them the drive to help each other push through life.
On my mother’s side, the most visible traits that I inherited were their altruistic and autonomous personalities. For as long as I can remember, my mother and grandmother have gone above and beyond to help other people. They would always say, “we can do this.” This perseverance is a dominant string in my DNA. They passed on to me a passion for helping people and communities. My family’s adversity made them stronger, independent and taught those that came after these generations the importance of education. These women inspired me to get a college education and continue to inspire me to go the extra mile.
On my father’s side, generations of women shared traits of being independent and entrepreneurial—traits that were often not the social norm of the time. Most of them were teachers, writers, and had a passion for business. This entrepreneurial spirit taught me to consider all options before I made a decision, be a good listener and treat others as you would like to be treated.
I enjoy mentoring others to challenge themselves to reach their full potential and pursue higher education. And, when I think about it, it’s part of my DNA. It’s how I was raised. Thankfully, I don’t have to look very far to find inspiration, passion, and role models to motivate myself to be a better leader. It’s my hope that this inspiration and passion touches the communities I serve and those leaders who come after me. Who inspires you to learn and to grow? Who is looking to you to be inspired?
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