When high performers transit to leadership roles, actually, it’s more difficult for them. Why? Because of their previous success, high performers don’t want to give up their past attitudes and practices that directly lead to their success, which is also very understandable. The transformation to a great leader is actually also a personal identity shift. You have to redefine who are you, what do you want and how can you contribute in a new way.
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“Every single day we have just gotten up in the morning and focused on building an experience around women, for women,” Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd told last Thursday morning when making the history of being the youngest woman to take her company public via Nasdaq. “When women are safe and happy, everyone else follows and it creates a better relationship for everyone.”
Bumble not only made history in the dating world for its female-focused algorithm that defies traditional gender norms and puts women in a position of power. But it also expanded the concept of women leadership - it begins with CEO and extends to the company’s board of directors and investors.
And last but definitely not least - it is important to embrace your words with actions - and this is what Whitney Wolfe Herd does by ringing the opening bell from Bumble’s offices in Austin with her 1-year-old son by her side.
This what leadership looks like. 💫
My dear friend asked me how do I empower my team.🤔 The endless enthusiasm and goal seeking caught her attention - my Berta&Team is really 💯extraordinary!
My answer was simple:
✅ internal communication - since my first day as a leader, I shared everything with them - good and bad news
✅ horizontal leadership - I implemented my vision of equal partnership - we are all equal and have the same one strong vote
✅ open door policy - I am available to everyone all the time
✅ I respect everyone - every opinion matters.
Simple as that! Humancentrism works! 💫