Joanna Barsh “How Remarkable Women Lead”


Yesterday I attended a very powerful presentation by Joanna Barsh “How Remarkable Women Lead”. My new friend Rita Izaguirre invited me to be her guest at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. It was an event for Professional Women’s Alliance.

Joanna Barsh

Joanna introduced 5 detentions that, she thinks, define leadership: Meaning, Framing, Connecting, Engaging, and Energizing.

Meaning defines the fulfillment of your life. What do you stand for? What makes you happy? What differs you from others? Why be your best self? It actually relates to one of Emotional Intelligence skills – Self-Actualization (how satisfied you are with your life and yourself).

Framing is all about finding a positive side of everything. Optimism, Joanna said, can be taught and learned. It relates to  another Emotional Intelligence component such as Optimism.

Connecting is all about how well you relate to others. It, of course, echoes Emotional Intelligence in terms of Interpersonal Relationships component (your ability to build beneficial, mutually-satisfying relationships).

Engaging introduced me to the difference between a Mentor and a Sponsor. A Mentor is someone who doesn’t really need to know you well but who shares his or her wisdom with you. It may be Dalai Lama or John C Maxwell, for example.  A Sponsor is someone who knows you well and pushes you beyond your limits to help you grow. That’s what my husband is for me.

Energizing is about how you restore your energy and how you overcome stress and failure. For example, for some it may be a work-out-program, a walk in a park and so forth. It relates to what I teach in terms of Emotional Intelligemce – Resiliency (one’s ability to overcome adverse life events without experiencing stress and to grow and develop as a consequence of such events).

I had a great deal of pleasure listening to Joanna and her presentation got me thinking….