See It Be It, Leading From the Inside Out: takeaways from the RPA - hosted Cannes’ See It Be It event, an evening of inspiring conversation addressing gender imbalance in creative leadership.
1. Self care is essential
Part of being a leader is maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Peers look up to leaders who take care of themselves.
- “To lead from the inside-out, you must take care from the inside-out,” - Tahirah Edwards-Byfield, Senior Copywriter, Saatchi & Saatchi.
- “Show up for yourself how you show up for everyone else,” - Tahirah Edwards-Byfield
- “Self-care at its core is about finding things that will improve your state physically and emotionally and it’s so important in this state,” Chloe Gottlieb, Chief Creative Officer, R/GA US
- “Boundaries are important. It’s okay to say no,” - Tahirah Edwards-Byfield
- “It’s not about how much time you spend with your family. It’s how present you are when you are with them,” Chloe Gottlieb
2. Leaders should instill inspiration, not fear
You shouldn’t feel intimidated by a leader; you should feel awe-inspired. When you’re in the presence of a good leader, that is when ideas come to fruition.
- “When a good leader walks into a room, people feel less full of fear and more full of possibility,” - Lauren Carlyle Smith, Creative Director, 72andSunny.
- “If there’s an environment of respect where people feel safe, you can have really transformative conversations with people,” - Chloe Gottlieb
3. Be a team player
We can do so much more when we work together. When women collaborate, everybody wins.
- “’One team, one dream’, represents the coalition of women coming together. We are more powerful when we work together under one united mission,” - Isadora Chesler, VP/Director of Video Production, RPA.
4. Look at things with a fresh perspective
No matter what our titles are, we can all be creative. Look at each task with fresh eyes and approach it in a new and innovative way.
- “From day one, I didn’t see the glass as half-full or half-empty. I wanted to redesign the glass,” - Chloe Gottlieb
5. Encourage and empower other women
As women, it’s essential we support each other and push each other to take risks. Don’t just find your voice, but encourage others to do the same.
- “If women don’t see themselves as leaders, maybe the solution is simply telling them they are… If you think someone is doing a great job, tell them, because they just might need to hear it,” - Krystle Mullin, Associate Creative Director, RPA.
- “#seeitbeit isn’t just about finding your confidence. It helped empower me to help others find their confidence,” -Carrie Dunn, Senior Writer, 72andSunny
- “Do you know a hero? Tell her and then tell everyone,” - Krystle Mullin
- “Jump. You have a soft pile of women to land on.” - Amina Halim
6. Believe in yourself
Don’t underestimate yourself; you are much stronger than you think. Find your voice and allow yourself to realize your full potential.
- “Men will apply for a job when they are 60% qualified. Women will apply when they are 100% qualified…however, women underestimate their abilities by 30%, which means they won’t go after a job until they are 130% sure they are qualified!” - Carrie Dunn
- “You have to find your inner voice before you can lead others,” - Chloe Gottlieb
7. You don’t need to be a bitch to be a leader
Don’t be a bitch; be bold, be brave, be a fearless leader.
- “Women are naturally nurturing, good listeners…if you want to be a good leader, be more of a woman.” - Amina Halim
This passionate group of women led an evening of honest conversation aimed at enacting change in the advertising industry and in building a community of women who support each other and encourage diverse thoughts and opinions.
This article was originally published on Medium.