The season of fall always generates Halloween inspired cartoons and décor filled with the stereotypical witch. Rather than offend, these caricatures carry lessons and inspirations that can be gleaned by all women if we just look for the positive.
Magic aside, the witch was emblematic of female independence. If she was a good witch, she was considered a community leader. As a healer, her neighbors often sought out her wisdom. What sort of qualities, then, made a witch a great leader?
She has to have a thing I call “stick-to-it-ness”. No matter what happens to push her back, she perseveres and continues to place one foot in front of the other toward her goal.
Leadership must come from inner strength. Find what you love and do it. Your satisfaction with your own life will radiate outward. Others will be drawn to something they can’t quite put their finger on but they know you’ve got it!
Don’t get too cocky amidst all your popularity! Surround yourself with quality sources of truth and facts whether in human form or book form produced by other thinking humans. Once you become top dog don’t get so overinflated with ego that you think there is nothing new under the sun to learn. Value others and their contributions. A good leader nurtures success in others and gives credit where credit is due.
Another way to keep from getting the big head and continue to grow is to have a mentor. I mean, think about it, how many cartoons have we seen of the little witch being groomed at the cauldron of the older witch? Yes, the witches of days gone by knew all about mentoring.
Oftentimes, being a career woman is a title held in conjunction with the titles “wife” and “mother”. The duties and demands of all these caps we gals wear usually translates into very little time to make our own spiritual, physical and mental health needs a priority. Nature’s nurturer empties out every iota of care in the form of projects, profit margins, sales reports, growth strategies, clean laundry, hot and healthy meals, taxi service, etc. That’s probably one reason most stereotypical witches lived out in the middle of nowhere all alone. A good leader remembers to fill their own tank and recharge their own batteries.
Don’t make the mistake of believing that your success is solely measured by what you produce on the job. For success to be truly successfully, it must be “well rounded”. What good does it do you if you’ve got a million bucks of hard earned money in the bank yet your children despise you? It is our loved ones who create the meaning in our lives, not the money and career. The purpose of the career is to earn the money that helps care for our loved ones.
So, regardless of what “hat” you wear on the job, proudly don the peaked witch’s hat this fall in honor of the first feminists that paved the way for the success all of us ladies enjoy today!