What encouragement would I provide to other women who are in Leadership positions or striving to be Leaders in this changing world?

These are the four rules that I try to live by daily.​

  1. Know your strengths and your weaknesses.
    Build on your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Be honest with yourself. You know yourself better than anyone. Be true to you. You will not regret it. Be patient as you take care of your weaknesses but be consistent.
  2. Give, even when you think you have nothing left to give.
    Give, give, give! Give of your time, your love, your money. Give a word of encouragement or a pat on the back. If it is your last dollar and you do not need it right away give it to someone in need. There is always someone who will need it more that you. Give because it feels good to give, even when you are tired of giving. Give, no one ever got poor from giving, that’s good karma.
  3. Have a group of sistas that you can depend on, your support system.
    I have four sistas, I call them my RAAAEs. Each letter represents the first letter in our names. I thought that there must be a meaning to that word RAE. Would you believe there is? I googled the three letters (RAE) and this is the meaning I came up with from the urban dictionary. RAE means “A person who turns your negativity and stigma into the opposite. Very attractive, sexy, considerate, adorable, hopeless romantic (but you should be too so its ok) humble and a perfectionist. Rae’s have good insight and will always tell you the truth about anything whether you like it or not. You realize that it is good for you and that they’re right. These persons will always make you a better person and you cannot help but love everything about them, even their imperfections, they are just that great. Homies, lovers, friends 100%.” God has been so good to me. If that is not a miracle, then nothing is. You must have a support system you cannot do it alone. You must be able to be yourself and receive honest feedback in a safe environment where somebody has your back. I love my RAAAe’s like they were my mama’s daughters. Get yourself a RAE.
  4. Don’t Quit.​
    As a child, my brothers and I had to learn this poem “Don’t Quit” by heart. Our father insisted. He believed that it built character. He was right. It helped us become determined, focussed, and always doing our best.

So, we learnt the poem and then we had to recite it to him. He paid us 10 cents for persevering. He would be pleased that we still remember this lesson today.
He would say that if we did our best, God would do the rest. Giving up should never be an option. I encourage you to memorize the first verse at least and recite it “when things go wrong.”
I have often wondered that if the inventors of the light bulb, airplanes or vaccines had given up, what would be the world like today? I guess you cannot imagine that, can you? We are so dependent on those three things today in a Covid-19 infested world.

Whatever you do, always keep the faith. Never give up. “As you never can tell just how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.” There is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Annette Severin-Lestrade

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