LEADIT LADY! – program opening

lead it lady

on October 10, I had the pleasure of opening and conducting the first workshops with Dorota Sternalska Leadit lady program!. This program aims to empower women to take on leadership roles in IT and supporting the development of their competences.

I decided to take part in the Lead IT, Lady! program because I believe (like… Harvey S. Firestone), that “developing and growing people’s skills is the most important calling of leadership.” As a leader, coach and trainer, I love sharing my experience as well as learning from and being inspired by others. Being a part of the Lead IT program, Lady! gives me both options. Moreover, I can now give back to others what I learned from my mentors many years ago

During the opening of the Program, we met a group of a dozen or so wonderful leaders, open, brave and committed girls who shared their expectations towards the Program and presented themselves not only verbally but also in drawings:

We continued talking about leadership, the competencies a leader should have, and the attitudes he should adopt. The girls talked about their inspirations and what kind of leaders they want to be. We told ourselves that for us, a leader is not the star of the team, that if someone has to call himself a leader, he is not actually a leader, that a leader takes responsibility for the success of the project, but also (and perhaps above all) for the people.

In the next part of the workshop, we opened the (broad and deep) topic of talents that our leaders discovered in the Gallup test. According to this test, talent is understood as a natural pattern of thinking, feeling and acting that can be used productively. According to the theory of talents, people who use them have the opportunity to act most effectively, in harmony with themselves, to develop and build their strengths. That’s why it was important for us to get to know and tame these talents. During the discussion about talents, we talked about how they manifested themselves at school and how they manifest themselves now at work; which ones we like and see most often; that support us the most in our leadership role.

At the end of the workshops, our leaders were looking for a question that could help them be more conscious leaders, a question to which they do not have to find the answer quickly, but which may accompany them until the end of the “Lead IT, Lady!” Program.

Girls, Ladies, thank you once again for the meeting and the time full of sharing, curiosity and inspiration. I also wish you much success and becoming the leaders of your dreams!