Arianna Huffington is the keynote speaker at the Art of Leadership Conference in Toronto on November 18th and I will be there listening intently.
Why do I need to be at this conference? Because I'm exhausted almost all the time.
If you were single-handedly pulling a bus up a hill with 60 people in it, you'd be exhausted too. Of course, I'm not literally pulling a vehicle up a steep incline—but metaphorically it feels like I'm doing exactly that every day as Publisher of YummyMummyClub.ca. Being an entrepreneur is hard work. Combine that with my double-duty as a hands-on mom, I'm not sure how long I can sustain the hard work marathon until I hit burn out.
Okay, so I'm a tired working mom. What does that have to do with Arianna Huffington? While Arianna doesn't actually know me (although we were introduced once), she clearly understands the drive and determination required to lead a huge team. Hello, Huffington Post? She is quite outspoken and passionate about how we lead directly affects the culture of a company, which in turn affects its productivity. How do I know this? I just watched Arianna's two minute video "Good Leaders Need to Take Care of Themselves" and realized I need to make some changes in the way I lead.
You can watch it here:
In the video she suggests that "leadership needs to be sustainable." This hit home for me. If I'm not taking care of myself, I won't have the staying power to go the distance. Not only is this true for entrepreneurs, it also resonates as a mom who takes care of everyone else's needs before my own. If I get sick, who will take care of my family...or my business?
Arianna's keynote is titled Redefining Success: The Third Metric That Can Benefit Your Bottom Line. She'll be talking about the importance of unplugging, recharging and rediscovering joy in our lives. Reducing stress is a top priority and she claims that leaders today need to "lean back" and change the current male-dominated model of success that isn't working. I couldn't agree more. I'm hoping she will provide us with concrete, practical examples I can start implementing quickly.
The Art of Leadership is one of Canada's top leadership conferences with over 2,000 senior professionals attending. Along with Arianna, four other speakers will take the stage for a full day of cutting edge thinking.
This is a must-not-miss day for my entrepreneurial friends.
Interested in going? I've scored a discount on tickets just for YMC members. See below for all of the details.
Hope to see you there!