Though each leader took a unique path, the similarities between these 12 women emerged: cultivating competency, connectivity, and strong character. Without exception, each leader placed a premium on communication and caring. All recognized the importance of building strong teams and solid relationships, making a personal commitment to the pursuit of excellence as she continually and passionately enhanced her capacity to lead effectively.
None of these women felt their jobs were easy. Far from it. Some of their biggest lessons were spawned from failure, and each woman had the confidence to learn from her mistakes and move on. It seemed that all twelve of these women leaders sought deeper knowledge from the unseen spiritual realm, and this became a powerful part of how she guided the course of her life and career success. All spoke about vision and values and universal truths that guided their personal and professional lives. They learned about developing strategic partnerships, working effectively with people, balancing work and home life, handling tough decisions and recovering from bad ones—all keys to maintaining a sense of inner calm in the eye of any storm they faced.
My hope is that you learn what you need from our unstoppable twelve leaders. I hope their stories will provide you with insight and inspiration to move forward toward your passion, whether you serve in a business or nonprofit environment, as a volunteer leader in your community, or in your home. May the words of wisdom in these personal accounts provide a shortcut to learning that will propel you toward new levels of responsibility and far greater contributions than you might ever have imagined.
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Mary Jane Mapes
Mary Jane Mapes, BS, MA, CSP, is the author of three books, including The Unstoppables: Success Strategies from 12 Top Women Leaders to Supercharge Your Career; the Amazon bestseller, You CAN Teach a Pig to Sing – Create Great Relationships...with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere, and The Art of Fielding Questions with Finesse – A Guide to Handling Difficult People, Sensitive Situation, and Tough Questions. For your FREE My Unstoppable Career Fast Track Guide visit: http://MyUnstoppableCareer.com
Mary Jane specializes in helping both executive and high potential leaders and entrepreneurs to develop irresistible influence, create deeper levels of trust and commitment, and cultivate more engaged employees. In over 25 years of writing, speaking, coaching, and consulting experience, Mary Jane has helped build powerful teams, create exceptional leaders, and develop and turn around floundering businesses.
As president and CEO of The Aligned Leader Institute, her client list includes leaders and audiences from some of the world’s best known corporations and public sector organizations.