Hello SOTGC community,
We live in a world consumed with instant gratification, fast money, high society living, social media, popularity contests, and the “what have you done for me” lately syndrome. We walk around on a daily basis with our cups filled. Our cups are filled to the rim with the talents, skills, and knowledge we have acquired over the years. Unfortunately, we rarely share what’s in our cups with one another. The reasons are vast, but for this conversation not necessary.
One might say, hey my cup runneth over, and it’s great. Well, this is great; however, just think how gratifying it would be if we shared what’s in our cups by pouring into others. Having a particular set of skills is a dynamic thing. Conversely, the awareness for all of us should be … how am I making someone else’s life better? Ask yourself, “when was the last time I poured into the cup of someone outside of my intimate circle?” How are you supporting the hopes and dreams of that new professional in the office?
We have acquired these skills, talents, and knowledge to empower those around us in a way that’s genuine with no strings or an agenda attached. Investing in women leaders near and far ensures that this world is left better than we found it. Pouring into other women leaders with no benefit to you is the truest form of paying it forward. When we share our gifts and influence with others by pouring into their cups, it offers them a way to better connect with their talents in an effort to fulfill their dreams.
Investing in women leaders has to be intentional! It requires a certain amount of responsibility and organization. Not to mention the willingness to share and leverage your power for the sake of other women. Now, you will not have the pleasure of filling their cups by yourself. Your goal is to simply share what you have, providing the benefactor the opportunity to blossom on her own terms. Understand you won’t be able to pour into every single cup that passes your way, but as a dynamic leader you can pour into at least one cup per year. As it’s not about you, it’s beyond you!
Author Andy Stanley identified a leader as an individual “who fearlessly and selflessly empowers leaders around them; as well as those coming along behind them.” When pouring into the lives of other women leaders, you will be left with a sense of pride and purpose knowing you played your part. Now, go and empty your cups!
I invite each and every one of you to select at least two to three women leaders outside your intimate circle. Then begin active pouring into their cups from your cup. Sharing your talents, skills, and knowledge in a way that empowers them and only them. The connections, conversations, and collaborations should always be about them and not you. As your example of being selfless maybe their only example.