In the 1970s, a stereotype was termed “think manager, think male,” which stated that we all identify male features and attributes with the term “leadership.” However, unfortunately, we continue to do so even now. We continue to link masculine and male qualities and attributes with leadership. Our guest today is on a mission to rewrite women’s narratives. She wishes to dispel the age-old stigma of “think manager, think male” and redefine leadership with “think leadership. think female.”
Tammy Heermann is a multi-award-winning leadership expert sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious corporations for her programs that accelerate women’s advancement. Also, she is an author and a speaker. For over two decades, Tammy has aided in transforming thousands of minds regarding what it takes to lead, both personally and professionally. While she enjoys making a difference in the C-suite, nothing makes her happier than encouraging emerging leaders to overcome organizational and self-imposed limitations to attain their full potential. In addition, Tammy transforms her listeners with an array of humorous and heartbreaking stories about her journey from senior consultant to senior vice president. Also, she is a stalwart mentor for Women in Communications and Technology.
We begin the episode by discussing Tammy’s current motivation, in which she explains her mission. We then explore the several projects Tammy has been involved in to assist women in moving forward and leading. In her book, Reframe Your Story, she discusses some obstacles women face in advancing to leadership positions. Tammy brings these concerns to light and explores ways to overcome them during the talk. On the other hand, the majority of hardwiring occurs throughout early life. Hence, we examine why it is critical to determine what story we are telling ourselves, whether it serves us or not, and whether we need to reframe it.
Additionally, women are socialized to avoid taking as many risks as men. Tammy emphasizes that this should be resolved by focusing less on the risk and more on the reward associated with the action itself. Also, we discuss how men and women respond to imposter syndrome and the disparities in their approaches. Additionally, Tammy stresses having a personal vision and effective networking abilities. Also, the explanation of weakening qualifiers is one of the podcast’s most informative points.
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Mentioned in the podcast:
Reframe Your Story: Real Talk for Women Who Want to Let Go, Do Less and Be More—Together: goodreads.com/book/show/59363531-reframe-your-story?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=WKyfkahGvI&rank=1
Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders: goodreads.com/book/show/12043229-passion-and-purpose?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=wy0bgf7iDG&rank=4