Updated: Nov 14, 2022
OVAReact Podcast Season 1 has currently amassed a whopping 192,900 listenership plays since launching this year in March and we are extremely grateful for all the support we have received so far. Season 2 is now rolling and in this particular season, we are diving deep into the topic of women in leadership positions. We have an array of women with whom we have had the chance to speak candidly about their journey to the top from those running their organisations, to those paving their way in political arenas to those at C-Suite levels in the corporate world.
To kick off season 2, we as the hosts discussed our personal journey into leadership and how we have navigated through our path, stamp sealing our authoritative voice in boardrooms while boldly challenging narratives of how women are perceived.
"Leadership means influencing and imparting change"
We outlined the importance of recognising that leadership exists everywhere and is not confined to a space or a time but individuals must look at what they are doing to impact positive change in the environments they find themselves in and to the people around them. To be a leader though one must see it in themself and should truly match to their drum beat, for everyone's leadership path is different and on most occasions is a calling in itself.
"Once you get over yourself and you tap into your abilities and dreams that's the beginning of the power of realising that no one can stop you!"
We recognised that being an African woman can at times feel like a hurdle but encouraged listeners that on same beacon it is our greatest strength and one must view themself in that manner. There is a lot of unlearning that one needs to do while nurturing the leading spirit within them for the worst past is a huge percentage of global societies are set on dimming the light for women and a woman often finds themself fighting to lead. Although sometimes, the biggest hindrance is failing to see ourselves as a leader because of being defeated by a lack of self-belief and confidence.
"You have to be your biggest cheerleader. You look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself, Go You!"
We hope going forward with conversations such as this aimed to drive the change on gender parity in all industries, that over time we will see less of "first woman" positions and mimicking the words of Sheryl Sandberg we will no longer be defined as female leaders but as just leaders. We have a long way to go but highlighting other women who are turning glass ceilings into floors is a realisation that change is coming and it is indeed here to stay.
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