Leading the charge. Muriel “Mickie” Siebert, the first woman on the New York Stock Exchange, was still leading the way two decades after she became a member in 1967. Denied a ladies’ room, she offered to have a portable toilet brought in, and the guys backed off. “When I see a challenge,” Siebert said, “I put my head down and charge.”
— Adapted from Changing the Rules, Muriel Siebert, Simon & Schuster.
No limits. A healthy culture believes in options. As aviator Brooke Knapp said, “There are two kinds of people: those who are paralyzed by fear, and those who are afraid but go ahead anyway. Life isn’t about limitation, it’s about options.”
— Adapted from On Becoming a Leader, Warren Bennis, Basic Books.
Boil it down. Leaders have to be concise, which takes more time than being verbose. As President Wilson once said: “If I am to speak 10 minutes, I need a week for preparation. If 15 minutes, three days. If half an hour, two days. If an hour, I’m ready now.”
— Adapted from The Financial Professional’s Guide to Communication, Robert Finder Jr., Pearson Education.