Putting Yourself First as a Black Womxn

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At LD, 76% of our leadership coaching clients are women of color. Of those women, 85% are black.

While black women leaders are not a monolith, one thing I hear repeatedly (and have experienced myself) is the interesting dichotomy of an innate tendency to put everything, every project, every initiative, every team member ahead of ourselves AND a drowning overwhelm from putting everything, every project, every initiative, every team member ahead of ourselves.

Black women, and African American women in particular, come from a lineage of women who have HAD to self-sacrifice (which is why it's innate). Our work now is to get free.

Myers-Galloway Counseling's recent blog highlights how "Black Superwoman Syndrome" can sometimes manifest and extend into the workplace.

2 Questions for black women leaders out there:

What would it look like to care for yourself FIRST tomorrow?

--Start small. One thing.

What would it look like to not make your colleaguesā€™ feelings more important than yours?

--You can acknowledge what they feel and still honor your own.

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