Leaderly Quote: Harness your superpowers…

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Ask a woman to name her signature strengths and she’ll often squirm in her chair, look away or hesitate. Try asking her what she’s an expert in, and she may just leave the room! On a daily basis, women juggle important demands…yet talking about our talents can be downright unnerving.

Five years ago, I realized the full importance of strengths while interviewing 30 c-level women for my first book. I was flat-out amazed that not one or two—but most every woman I sat down with—noted that she didn’t just hammer herself for her weaknesses, but she actively, strategically cultivated her gifts so she could call on them in any situation.

The good news is that you can do the same.  It takes a little time, and for some—a level of self permission—to really harness your superpowers and then capitalize on them to benefit your career. You can use this checklist to get going.   

Selena Rezvani

Selena Rezvani is a recognized consultant, speaker and author on women and leadership.  A seasoned human capital consultant, Selena uses workplace culture assessments to help corporate clients be more inclusive and welcoming to women.  She’s also the author of two leadership books targeted at professional women – Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and The Next Generation of Women Leaders (Praeger, 2009). Selena has been featured in the LA Times, Oprah.com, Todayshow.com, Forbes, and wrote an award-winning column on women for The Washington Post.

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