My husband and I were in Florida recently and decided to go visit the Kennedy Space Center. This was my 3rd visit, his second.
It is amazing how you can always learn something new when you are willing to look at things with a beginner’s mind.
The first time I was there, I was simply mesmerized with the enormity of the magic and miracle that had been created and continues to be created, by the hundreds of dedicated people to make space travel possibility.
The second time I was there, I soaked in the information about first trip to the moon and enormity of “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” as Neil Armstrong said when he put the first human footprint on the moon.
On my third visit, I was more curious about how hundreds of men and women kept going, even when they were faced with impossible odds, failures and loss of human life as they tried to explore the space, the unknown frontier. I was awestruck as I went from one exhibit to another with the realization of the incredible inner resilience every person possessed as they worked on these rockets and the shuttles tirelessly for years!
I realized there were so many things they did as they contributed to the project as a leader in their own fields, but I also realized there were certain things they absolutely didn’t do:
1. They never gave up even when the experiments didn’t go as they planned.
2. They didn’t worry what public or the government or their peers would think when the experiments didn’t work out as they thought it would or even if they did worry about the opinion of others, they didn’t let it stop them.
3. They didn’t wait until they had it perfect to experiment.
4. Hundreds of men and women; engineers, scientists, technicians, fearlessly contributed their knowledge without hesitating, to create rockets and shuttles – each with 2.5 million parts – to make travel to space possible.
5. And these men and women didn’t worry if they knew enough, if they were enough – they contributed all the expertise they had at the time and sought knowledge along the way if they needed to learn more, but didn’t let these stand in their way of making the dream of space travel come true.
As I went from one exhibit to another, I realized that all the qualities demonstrated by these fearless men and women are the qualities of fearless leaders whether they are running their own companies or leading teams in corporate environments. And believe me when I say not only these qualities are not extraordinary but these are the qualities that can be acquired and developed if you want to leave your footprint and a lasting legacy.
I will be talking more about these qualities and how we, as women leaders can “venture on wild seas and lose the sight of the land” to lead fearlessly and powerfully in my future blogs, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you are curious about why I made it my life’s work to empower women at every opportunity that I get, click here to read my story that was published at WomanforOne .
And if you are wondering whether or not fear shows up in your leadership, I invite you to take my quiz to find out. Just click here!
This is your day! Lead Fearlessly,