A sought-after speaker, Betsy Myers is a leadership expert who served as Chief Operating Officer of Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign, President Clinton’s White House Senior Adviser for Women’s Issues and as Executive Director of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Center for Public Leadership. Betsy has a unique background in politics and academia and is committed to personal and interpersonal leadership development. Speaking on various topics such as leadership, career development, teamwork, women’s issues, and diversity, Betsy has inspired hundreds of audiences ranging in size from groups of 10 to over 750 people. The presentations she delivers range from themes such as “Authentic Leadership” and how “Leadership Creates a Feeling” as well as topics about work-life balance. Betsy Myers is currently speaking and leading workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. She is the best selling author of Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You.
Leadership is a Feeling
Research and statistics indicate that as many as one in two American workers feel disconnected in their workplace. This accounts for $350 billion of lost productivity each year. At the same time, American companies spend millions a year on leadership development programs. Betsy challenges us by asking, “Are we teaching the right practices to our future leaders?” Her book, Take the Lead (released in the Fall 2011), describes an often counterintuitive view of leadership. When people “feel” valued, supported, appreciated, included, and understood, they are inspired to do their best work. The job of any leader is to bring out the productive feelings of their people. Betsy describes seven principles that serve as a road map for any leader who aspires to bring out the best in their people. This is not just the right thing to do, but is a proven strategy to profitability and success.
Authentic Leadership and the Leader in You
The leader in each of us is realized the moment we say, “This is the real me.” What is the pearl that each of us is adding to the world and how do we identify that special quality? During the past 50 years, leadership scholars have conducted more than 1,000 studies to determine definitive styles, characteristics, or personality traits of the ideal leader. None have produced a clear profile or consistent skills, traits, or styles that led to success, rather; leadership emerged from our life stories. Authenticity is an understanding of our personal story and what gives us meaning in our lives. We trust leaders who are authentic and not trying to be someone else. In this session, Betsy will take listeners through the journey of authentic leadership, what it looks like for each of us, and how we can help others around us live their most authentic life.
Women and Leadership
In this provocative presentation, Betsy discusses important research and thinking around women in leadership. She explores the history of the movement for equality and shares insights gleaned from her work with Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, and Bella Abzug. Tracing her own career path from the work she is currently doing at the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University to her roles in the Clinton Administration, the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership, and the Obama Presidential Campaign, Betsy brings perspective from her experiences as a successful female leader. She helps audiences understand what it will take to continue closing the confidence gap, how to confront the balance question, (“Is it really possible?”), the different leadership styles of men and women, and leadership necessary for the next generation of women.