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The Imperfect Leader

It’s not about perfection but progression. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about becoming better.

Trent Shelton, Author: The Greatest You

Nobody’s perfect and yet somehow we all try to be. I’m imperfect. I always have been, and always will be. There are many things I haven’t mastered or given my attention to and many mistakes I’ve made. Yet I’m equally brilliant and accomplished! My leadership journey is still unfolding but I’ve constantly berated myself for not being more polished, clever, successful or something. And it seems I’m not alone.

I’ve spent years as a coach, therapist, speaker and writer (add to that: loyal friend, loving family member and partner) building confidence, self belief and stature in others, only to let my own self worth be damaged with the thoughts I indulged in my head. It took a breast cancer diagnosis in April 2017 to realise my negative self-talk and self-sabotaging behaviours had to go and my mental health and wellbeing had to come first. I set about learning how to unpack all the comparisons, judgements, shame and blame I secretly suppressed, how to shatter my inner (and outer) glass ceilings and dismantle those pesky but powerful limiting beliefs.

Now cancer-free I’m stepping forward to model what imperfect leadership looks like to me. To change the way we show up and work and altogether live more healthier lives. Ready to share what I’ve learnt along the way and being unapologetically imperfectly me, I’d love you to share the ride :)