In honor of Women's Equality Day, I had the privilege of a lifetime to moderate a conversation with Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of Pepsi, and Padmasree Warrior, the CEO of Fable and a revered leader in tech today. I want to share with you the key lessons I learned from these two iconic leaders:
Lessons learned from Padma:
You choose your path, it's up to you to make it interesting. One of the ways you can do this is by finding and investing in a small, supportive community.
Cultivate the inner strength to be who you are - focus on your capabilities vs artificial things (i.e. appearance, titles, etc)
Lessons learned from Indra:
A message to male leaders - you are drawing your talent base from a different talent pool today (i.e. women). So you need to moderate your behavior to attract women and keep them.
Be clear on 3 things:
What is the proposition you offer a company?
How are you simplifying your message?
How are you investing in yourself?
A bombshell: If you can do the job in your sleep, it's time to move on. You need to be a little uncomfortable in any job, otherwise you aren't learning. ~Padma Warrior They both admitted to feeling incredible discomfort and even some doubt in their jobs as they took on new assignments. There's a link below to watch the replay!
This conversation was possible because of a shared vision I have with Padma about increasing women's access to learning, mentoring and coaching. I partnered with her and Fable to launch my Leading With Confidence Book Club + Group Coaching Program. In this book club, we read three books together, Reality-Based Leadership by Cy Wakeman, My Life in Full by Indra Nooyi, and my book, Closing The Confidence Gap. Our next session begins on October 1.
Kelli Thompson is a women's leadership coach, author and speaker. She helps women create careers they love and advance to the rooms where decisions are made.