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August 26, 2008

Women entrepreneurs are leaders. We lead our companies, our employees, our clients. We lead in our homes and in our communities. Vital progress in any aspect of life requires leadership and women make great leaders.

To be a strong leader we need to be courageous to make the right decisions, to press on when the going gets tough, to stand up for what we believe in, and to have a positive attitude when it is the last thing we feel we can do.

As entrepreneurs we face tough decisions every day. We decide whether to raise our rates, fire a client, stand our ground on an ethical business decision, expand our company, seek financing to grow, hire employees, or change our products and services. To make these decisions we need to lead from within, using our instinct and courageous ways to successfully proceed.  Courage is an essential attribute for women entrepreneurs.

Courage Begins with an Inward Battle: It is often said, “Courage isn’t an absence of fear – it’s doing what you are afraid to do.” Women entrepreneurs are tough, resilient, smart thinkers. We understand that doubt and fear is a part of living but we push through knowing we have more strengthen and determination inside us than fear. Courage is our middle name.

Courage In A Leader Inspires Commitment From Followers: The most respectable women business owners I know are courageous women who are surrounded by other women who respect them. Their “followers” are their dedicated employees, staunch supporters, business allies, and strategic partners. These courageous leaders attract supporters because of their desire for excellence, perserverance, and an unrelenting belief in their mission. Courage by a leader inspires.

Your Life Expands To Your Level of Courage: A Roman historian once said, “The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.” Women entrepreneurs open doors, advance their entrepreneurial vision, and succeed quicker when they are courageous. Nothing is impossible. The sky is the limit.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2008 11:47 pm

    Inspiring words. Glad I found you!


  2. August 29, 2008 8:28 pm

    Right on! With the emphasis in business having been so narrowly focused on Mental skills, it’s time we woke up to the need for superiority of Heart qualities. You hit one of them – Courage (from the French for “heart”).

    Here’s a quote about Heart power that I like from Emerson: “Great hearts send forth steadily the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.”

    I like your quote about the vision of a “great and noble enterprise.” We should all be striving to create such organizations, for they will be the ones to succeed – not only in serving their customers but also their employees and thus their owners/shareholders. I’ve been collecting stories about Noble Enterprises and noble leaders for a book – and would welcome anyone’s contributions on same.


  3. September 2, 2008 11:20 am

    Thank you for your wonderful quote. It sounds like you have a fantastic book concept in the works. I hope some women entrepreneurs will take you up on your offer.


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