Women Leaders and Small Business
As an avid cyclist, I find it easy to compare the challenges in my personal and business life to tackling the tough hill climbs, exploring new territory and enjoying both the times to push and the times to glide.
This analogy was vivid for me as I read Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In.” It brought visions to my mind of furiously peddling to pick up speed, lowering my body to my bike, leaning into the curves, pressing forward and feeling the energy and sense of command. I feel strongly supported with my two wheels firmly on the ground, balance aided by both mechanics and momentum—sometimes scary, sometimes exhausting and sometimes exhilarating
Writers before me have pointed out that the successful, corporate women of Sandburg’s ilk have advantages that many of the rest of us do not. Higher salaries that are guaranteed month-to-month, access to childcare and home care and a wide variety of support can make the ability to “lean in” much easier. Like my bike with two wheels, the extra support lets me ride with greater confidence and speed.
As an independent businesswoman, running small companies and working with hundreds of businesswomen across the country, I know that our experience is very different. I recently celebrated another birthday with the gift of a unicycle.