All Ships Rise with the Tide
Brooke Thomas and Diana Henderson stopped by Ivanka Trump HQ to talk leadership, mentoring and the importance of supporting one another.
Two of our Entrepreneurs in Residence, Brooke Thomas, founder of 360 Your Life, and Diana Henderson, career consultant, dropped by Ivanka Trump HQ to share their knowledge on women leading—and succeeding—in the workplace. If your lunch hour didn’t consist of watching it live on Facebook (wrong answer!), we’ve outlined the highlights below.
1. Realize that “all ships rise with the tide”
Brooke believes that we benefit from lifting each other up. Building a community, pinpointing others’ gifts and realizing everyone’s potential has driven her own success. And while we all have fears and insecurities, that's where a mentor is so important to help reveal our gifts and lend support along the way. Brooke launched her 3-month mentorship program to do just that.
2. Establish an “advisory board” of like-minded people that you trust
Diana has chosen five or six women that she shares her success, objectives and goals with and they hold her accountable to staying on track. When she hits milestones in her business, they share in the celebration. Conversely, this support system encourages her when she faces obstacles and helps push her to work through issues as they arise.
Brooke Thomas - 360YourLife and Diana Henderson Consulting are LIVE talking about establishing a network you trust.Posted by Ivanka Trump HQ on Friday, June 16, 2017
3. Open yourself up to learning opportunities
When it comes to finding a mentor, Brooke recommends looking for somebody who checks three boxes: they've gone before you, you relate to them and they're someone you want to be led by. Even if you don’t develop a formal mentor relationship, Diana believes we can all learn from each other. Take notice of somebody successful and observe their characteristics, actions and speech. Pick and choose from those qualities to become who you want to be as a professional. In addition, whether you are a mentor or a mentee, it’s wise to surround yourself with people who are great in areas that you are weak. “You don’t want to be the smartest person in the room because that means you are not growing,” says Diana.
4. Lead yourself well
Even if you are not a formal manager or director where you work, you can still be a leader and set an example for those around you. Brooke says it wasn’t until she was raw, real and authentic about who she was that she was able to lead well. She also learned to “skill up” and continue learning after achieving successes—striving for excellence and not perfection. Diana has had to work on extending a similar grace to herself and forgiving herself for missteps. She warns against scrutinizing yourself following a mistake and advises you to look at what you can take away from the situation to do it differently next time. “Sometimes your success comes from a sharp left turn,” says Diana. “Embrace the spontaneity.”
5. Soak up the inspiration
Brooke’s favorite books on leadership and mentorship are Without Rival by Lisa Bevere, Visioneering by Andy Stanley and The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. Diana, on the other hand, is a “quotes junkie” and loves the line, “If you are too big to serve, you are too small to lead” by Rich Wilkerson.