Session 5.2: Bozoma Saint John #2
Listen to Your Inner Voice
Bozoma advises leaders to lean on their guts in their decision-making. In her experience making decisions in the spotlight, she’s learned to really depend on and trust her inner voice. “When you are trying to make a decision, or you’re trying to pivot, or you’re trying to evolve, the best advice is your own,” she explains. Seek counsel from mentors, parents or friends, but at the end of the day, it’s all about what you want to do.
In the beginning of the video Bozoma mentions that she calls herself a bad-ass often. She's kind of her own 'hype-man".
10/12/2020 09:58:33 am
I do not agree that the best counsel is your always your own. I believe that successful leaders make a conscious effort to surround themselves with others that they trust. You do not always need to be the smartest person in the room.
10/12/2020 12:26:50 pm
I am on the fence about "the best counsel is your own". I think that when you are making personal decisions, then yes, the best counsel is your own, but if you are making a decision in a workplace for your team, they should also be involved. If it is something that affects more than just you, then your counsel or opinion isn't the only one that needs to be taken into consideration.
10/12/2020 03:51:09 pm
I strongly believe in hyping yourself up. Nobody knows your strengths and weaknesses better than your own. Confidence isn't just something that appears out of thin air- its a conscious decision that is made every day with every decision. My motto is "fake it til you make it." If you show people that you ARE the best at this, if you are the expert, then people just believe you and have trust in you. (there is obviously a balance in being arrogant and confident and not doing unsafe things...) But I truly believe that having confidence in ourselves is the best thing we can do. Like she said, fail or succeed- you did your best and you gave it your all.
10/13/2020 04:54:55 pm
I agree with being your own hype-man. Self-affirmation is an important part of confidence and motivation. If you don't believe in yourself, success will be much harder to reach.
10/14/2020 09:14:42 am
I have to disagree with "the best counsel is your own". I highly value the opinions of my mentors and peers because they challenge me to view decisions from all angles and may bring different experiences to the table. Ultimately, yes - you are responsible for your decision and should go with your gut and what you feel is best/right, but I do not think it is wise to never seek outside council. I value not reinventing the wheel and learning from others mistakes.
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