There’s a lot to be proud of when it comes to African American women in leadership – from women who have gone before us, to the young leaders of today. What I like most about African American women who are leaders is their focus on legacy.
If you track and pay attention to female leaders, particularly black women, there are always conversations or frequent actions that show the importance of what we’re going to do for the children. This importance that women, especially African American women, place on what happens to and with the children is very important for this point in time where we are in our community right now.
I say this because there are enormous social problems that we face as a community, and unless we have strong leaders who are willing to try to make a difference and make change at the local level – to doing, to engaging in things that they believe in and what they care about…not only with their time but also with their money – unless we have that, it’s not going be good for any of us.
Women Are Natural Born Leaders
Research shows that the two things that women bring to the table when it comes to leadership is nurturing and support. You hear about that all the time; however, research also suggests that women have enormous capacity for finding solutions, considering options, and deciding the right path and course of action from these various options.
Research aside, we all know how true this is and that there’s nothing new or unusual about it. Just think about what women do in the home; you rarely will find a women who’s got a situation at home meandering about it or thinking about it for months and months. Instead, a woman in the home is going to get that baseball uniform for her son come hell or high water; she’s going to talk to the teacher about missed homework assignments; she’s going to take action; she’s going to find solutions.
Then there’s the situations that we as black women living in this country have had to deal with (and still deal with to this day) that other women never experience. Yes, women in general have had to overcome many obstacles for hundreds of years to get to where we are today, but keep in mind that as women of color, we do not have white privilege – so we have to work twice as hard to reach our goals.
As African American women, we have a history in this country of finding solutions very quickly just to survive. We have endured physical, mental, and emotional pain that was inflicted on us legally in this country, yet we have overcome it all.
Unleash Your Innate Abilities
So that capacity, not only to nurture and support, but to also quickly find solutions and look strategically at a variety of options to move needles forward, while enduring racial prejudice and injustices at the same time, is the unique power black women have to create community change.
If you’re an African American woman who talks about social issues amongst your friends, or neighbors, or at church, etc. I want to encourage you to stop talking about everything that’s wrong, and step up and take action to help fix it! You already have the power within you to do so, so stop waiting on someone else to do it.
Accept your God given power!
Once you accept your power, make a commitment to use it by allowing yourself to put petty differences aside and work in harmony with other women. We all need to come together and use our innate solutions oriented abilities to strategize and find resources that will solve our community problems.
Let’s do this!