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Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Leader?

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There will come a time in life where you will question almost everything about who you are, thought you were or who you should be. It could just be me and the changes that I’ve been going through. But it has been in these moments that I am thankful for awesome friends, my sincere circle of sisterhood and my amazing mom, who simply asked me “Are you a leader?”

Looking back it wasn’t the pretty mother daughter moment that you see on the Hallmark commercials, but she made her point. If you are going to be what you’ve been called to be and the woman that I know you are, there are some key things that you will need in your pocket book for your journey.

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for just about anything.” As a leader, you need a vision for what you are building. Speak it, write it, draw it, paint it and or touch it. Create your vision in color! Make it plain so that all can see.

People will move heaven and earth for you because they see and feel the passion is within you! Your passion inspires others. To build the extraordinary, people must be able to connect with your vision through your passion. Passion is infectious, especially when others can feel it on you, in you and with you.

Build a team of amazing mentors or board members to assist you with important decision making. A team consisting of those who support and believe in your vision, but respect you as well when it comes to telling you things that you don’t want to hear. This team will hold you accountable, but will also be responsible for carrying out duties effectively and efficiently as needed.

Character begets character! What do you know about your team? What role will they play? If you are going to do what you’ve been called to do, then it is critical that you know who’s on your team and what role they will play.

My mother ended our conversation with a question. Are you a follower or are you a leader?

Sometimes you have to push your way through the crooked roads, one ways, construction zones, detours and wrong ways to see if you have what you need to take the lead.

About Yanni Brown


The Yanni Brown Love Brand was birthed from an unsuccessful marriage and learning from past relationships that enlightened her on how to infuse education, research, love, passion and purpose to create better relationships. Yanni’s writings on love have been featured in Rolling Out, the Six Brown Chicks blog, and Black and Married With Kids. Best known for her appearance on OWN “Iyanla: Fix My Life, Season 1 (Fix My Backstabbing Friends).”

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