Women can do or be anything they set their minds to. Don’t ever let anyone tell you differently. Your self-worth is worth a million
What does leadership mean to you?
Accountability is the key to great leadership. Leadership, to me, means: Motivating people to achieve a common goal, standing up to the unknown, moving forward to achieve confidence, and prioritizing. Be a great listener and give positive feedback. Let someone else speak and give their ideas and input. Be accountable for your actions and the words we chose. Have compassion, give praise, and recognize the importance of your peers. Follow through with the ability to make your workplace a better place to work and do it as a team.
Who has influenced your idea of leadership?
My mother has influenced me (JoAnn L. Sheerin). I will have to give her the credit for this one. She was a woman that could and would do anything a man could. She was a very strong and independent woman. My mother worked at places that most women would not have. Her last job she worked was for CATA as a mechanic working on the engines for CATA busses. She started out as a driver and that was not enough, so she learned the trades of a mechanic. She also raised 6 wonderful children. My gratitude goes out to her. I love you mom…
Why do we need more women in leadership roles? What do they add to the table?
Women have been leaders since women became mothers, but we were not allowed to do the things most men could do. Women are strong, wise, and quick to think, and they bring something men cannot--compassion, gratitude, and self-worth. The ability to become great leaders in this man’s world. We need more equality for women in this society.
How are you leading in your career/community?
I have been employed with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce for 14 years, my title is Membership Sales Assistant, working with the Membership Department. I bring strong-will, motivation, confidence and the will to follow through. I have great respect for all who work here. I take the lead to get things done and I would like to see more equality to make the Chamber a better place to work. I have always seen myself as a leader for good purpose in all I do.
I had to become a leader for my children in my household. I took charge of my life and have succeeded. I was not going to be a victim of feeling useless and unworthy, or let anyone take from me anymore. I had to be strong, brave, and have a solid foundation for my family. I have raised my children with leadership, grace, love, strength and faith. I gave my children the ability to lead their own lives and to become leaders too. That speaks volumes. They too are leaders.
I currently volunteer for Mount Hope Church. I am involved with the security team – protecting the people. I really enjoy doing this, I feel like a guardian angel. It gives me the opportunity to give back.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Women can do or be anything they set their minds to. Don’t ever let anyone tell you differently. Your self-worth is worth a million!
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