Top 3 Takeaways – Mpls MadWomen “Authentic Leadership”

Mpls MadWomen events are warm, welcoming, supportive, a bit sassy, and ultimately uplifting. The November 2016 event was perfectly timed, gathering us together at Target Commons to hear from Tammy Redpath, SVP Target Creative and Marketing Operations, interviewed by Mpls MadWomen President, Alison Beattie.

Here are our Top 3 Takeaways:

1. Over-functioning & not being cranky about it…

Tammy is seriously the Energizer Bunny of leaders. She seemingly never stops, is always positive, and has super-human abilities to remember names and make everyone feel special. However, her ability to function at a high rate of getting shit done fast, can sometimes lead to overwhelm which feeds into resentment because she feels like no one is helping. If you can relate, her bit of advice: “If you have capacity and time and decide that you want to take on a task, do it and DON’T be cranky about it.” It’s not personal, the people who care about you aren’t meaning to be disrespectful by not helping; they just know how highly capable you are. Give them a break, give yourself a break, and ask for help. Or, if they offer help, TAKE IT. Or, if you don’t ask for help, DON’T BITCH ABOUT THE FACT THAT NO ONE IS HELPING YOU.

2. You don’t have to like everyone, but you have to respect everyone

There are very few people Tammy works with that she actually doesn’t like. The fact is, you have to get the work done and in order to do that you need to have respect for those around you, understand who they are and how to work with them. It’s not productive or helpful to carry around dislike.

3. Being comfortable with the uncomfortable & not second guessing your authentic self

Leaders need to show up for their team in a way that’s not always comfortable. Introverted leaders may struggle with this more, but in times of conflict, strive, struggle… all leaders are looked to for guidance. The ability of a leader to rise above and not let all their emotions out should not be interpreted as being inauthentic. Further, if you don’t bring your authentic self in the process of managing up, it will trip you up. If you are your authentic self and receive tough (make you cry type) feedback – OWN IT. Own it, MOVE ON and move forward fast, DON’T WALLOW. Learn from it and do better next time.

The part of the discussion that touched upon the challenges of transitioning back to work after baby had an overarching message that resonates across all topics – SHARE YOUR STORIES. By being authentic and open about our own personal stories, we all find wisdom, inspiration, and strength. The next generation will feel more empowered to share their stories and continue the trend of authentic and relationship-based leadership.

Share your story with us, either over a one-on-one coffee (email us to schedule) or in the comments section on Facebook and LinkedIn. See more highlights on Twitter #authenticmpls. Watch for more recaps and reviews at Mpls MadWomen.