Every year, the women who attend the ‘We are the Leaders We’ve Been Waiting For’ conference tell us that a year’s too long to wait.
And although there’s nothing to match the benefit of learning together over food and conversation, we’re hoping that this journal will provide a little sustenance for the months in between.
Teachers, mothers, artists, writers and community workers are all playing vital leadership roles – whether or not they realise it. So we’re hoping that by highlighting the wide range of women who are involved in leadership, this journal will play a part in raising awareness about the leadership role we are each able to play, whether we’re running an organisation, a start-up, an NGO or a family.
Isn’t it a privilege to be part of a generation where we can quote leadership wisdom from Harvard Business Review and Oprah in the same breath?
A certain level of comfort with contradictions is something that women in leadership have always had to accommodate. But today the digital economy makes it possible to celebrate individuality like never before.
Boundaries between disciplines continue to dissolve and the most exciting minds of our times are able to find the connections (see the review of Reality is Broken below as an example). Then there are women like Melanie Minnaar who take a simple idea and run with it using the power of social networking as a multiplier effect. Read all about her #TBD campaign below.
It’s no longer a case of one size fits all and there’s never been a better time to step up to the platform. So tell us what you’re doing to find your leadership voice and change the world. We look forward to featuring you in this journal soon.
PS: If you’re on Twitter and want to follow what’s happening at “We are the Leaders we’ve been Waiting for” on Friday May 27th in Cape Town, the hashtag is #welead