I think I might be a female CEO’s groupie – starting with Anne Mulcahy. My god, this woman’s presence was electrifying. She smiles so wide you can see it in the back of the room and the way she gestures and uses her body language to command presence is awe inspiring. Just being in the room with her was unbelievable.
When asked what her advice is for young people in business, she said, “Build followership.” Following that statment, she elaborated that you must be open, honest and forthcoming with your followers and ensure you’ve earned their followership.
Now I know she wasn’t talking about blogging, but I kind of felt like she was. I am blessed that so many people stop by to read my thoughts and goings-on every day (even if it gets me dumped). And as someone who aspires to be where Ms. Mulcahy is or was, I believe blogging is a lesson in leadership – being forthcoming, honest and true, even through the bad.
My other favorite tidbit came from panelist David Gergen, CNN Commentator and Harvard Kennedy School Director. He said, “Having mountain top experiences sure helps when you’re in the valleys.” And conversely, having valley experiences sure makes the mountain tops all that much better.
Overall, an amazingly inspiring evening.