“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”

Nelson Mandela

Driving change is a science, but it takes courage to stick to your convictions while doing it.

At this year’s International Women in Leadership Conference, convened by Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, we focused on the theme of ‘Leading with Courage.’

I had the privilege of speaking on the ‘Ageless Courage’ panel, discussing the topic of courage at any age with passionate changemakers Damilola Ogunbiyi and Ned Tozun. Skillfully moderated by Kemi Onabanjo-Joseph, the panel highlighted the importance of following your instincts and practically demonstrated that age is no barrier to making a difference – each of us had successfully taken on significant responsibilities at the age of 28!

After leaving the conference, I reflected on my own experiences driving change and the insights gained from other speakers and participants. Here are my top three takeaways on driving change with courage:

  1. Demystify the notion of risk: Change entails risks, yet maintaining the status quo often involves even greater inherent risks that are frequently overlooked.
  2. Embrace generational diversity: Fostering multigenerational collaboration is essential for driving transformative change; and it requires mutual respect and honor.
  3. Train and trust your instincts: True courage is about driving change while staying true to your convictions. Three key moments to recognize – when ‘it is it’, when ‘it is not it’, and when to move on.

I wish you the courage to stay true to your convictions, wherever you find yourself.

Yours in possibilities,

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