Harriet Tubman’s Leadership Qualities are Keys for Today’s Emerging Leaders

“I freed a thousand slaves – I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”  ~ Harriet Tubman

Freedom is a universal value. We all want to be free from abuse, struggle, pain or fear…free from circumstances that keep us mentally or emotionally enslaved. Ultimately, we want to be free to be and do our best; to pursue and fulfill our dreams; live our Soul’s Calling or Divine Purpose and share our talents to empower those we serve or help transform the world.

How did Harriet Tubman, an enslaved woman who loved her family and worked hard, yet was abused as a young girl by multiple slave masters, who never learned to read or write, ignite her enduring passion for freedom, freedom not only for herself, but for others as well?  Harriet escaped the plantation in Maryland, following the North Star to freedom, by way of the Underground Railroad, a system of Safe Houses established by Quakers, other whites and free blacks, where run-away slaves could rest, eat and get instructions to continue their perilous escape to the North. She continued until she crossed the border between slave-holding and non-slaveholding states, making her way to Philadelphia, where she worked odd jobs for about a year, saving her money.

With freedom and compassion in her heart, Harriet returned to the South 19 times, freeing more than 300 enslaved people, including siblings and her elderly parents. She became one of the most famous Conductors on the Underground Railroad.

“I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.”  ~ Harriet Tubman

What qualities did she exemplify to transform her life and that of others; qualities that women today can cultivate to become empowered leaders in their industry or field; empowered leaders who can help bring about justice and peace in the world. What can you learn from Harriet’s commitment, courage and tenacity to create your own leadership legacy?

Although there are several qualities that she embodied, let me highlight 3 qualities: Vision, Faith and Support.

  1. Develop Your Vision – see in your heart and mind’s eye what you want to create, manifest or achieve. Seek to identify the ‘why’ of your vision. Allow the ‘why’ to be a guiding light and focus. Create a vision board or altar as a tangible reminder of your vision. Just as Harriet Tubman kept focused on freedom, using the North Star to guide her…
    • What is your North Star?
  1. Cultivate Your Faith – Following your vision requires faith, tenacity, stamina; beginning with an unwavering belief in yourself, trust in a Higher Power and faith to follow the course, regardless of perceived or real obstacles.
    • How are you demonstrating faith in your vision?
    • What are the spiritual practices that strengthen your courage and commitment?
  1. Build Your Team – No matter how talented, driven or resourced, you can’t achieve anything alone. Whether it’s a family member, colleague or business partner, it’s essential to have a support system with which you can share the process, delegate certain tasks and stay accountable.
    • How would you describe your current support system?
    • In what way(s) are you demonstrating conscious leadership?

To explore these and other questions related to developing your leadership, please schedule a complimentary Cultivating Leadership Strategy Session with me at:https://wrightresort.simplybook.me/v2/#book This is a 45-minute phone session to identify current challenges, explore possibilities and discover your leadership potential. This session often helps women gain more clarity, insight and motivation.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman

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Women Rising, Women Revolutionizing Leading the Movement for Peace, Justice, Sustainability Honoring Women’s History Month 2019

“Women of every color, ethnicity, cultural, spiritual, social and educational background throughout the world are rising up as leaders, visionaries and agents of change to restore balance, peace and justice in the world.” 

– Harriet Tubman Wright

I’m proud to come from a long lineage of powerful African and African American women trailblazers, movers and shakers, those who have defied the odds, broken the barriers and raised the bar of excellence in every field of endeavor!

Africa – In antiquity: Auset, Queen Hatshesut, Queen of Sheba, Queen Nzinga to more contemporary times: Wangari Mathaai, Miriam Makeba, Winnie Mandela, Sobonfu Some’ Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira…

African American Women Ancestors; Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Madam CJ Walker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Rosa Parks, Dorothy Height, Ida B. Wells, Shirley Chisolm, Barbara Jordan, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Josephine Baker, Marian Anderson, Bessie Smith, Katherine Dunham, Zora Neale Hurston, Eartha Kitt, Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Audre Lorde, Octavia Butler, Maya Angelou, Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Wilma Rudolph, Althea Gipson, Henrietta Lacks, Bishop Leontine Kelly, Rev Dr. Katie Cannon, to name but a very small few… 

Other Powerful Women who’ve made and are making a difference globally include:

Mary Magdalene, Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa, Indira Ghandi, Benazir Bhutto, Isabel Allende,

Ellen Johnson Serleaf, Dolores Huerta, Aung San Suu Kyi, Winona LaDuke, Wilma ManKiller, Angela Davis, Joan Baez, Gloria Steinem, Yuri Kochiyama, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Queen Elizabeth II, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama.

“We stand on the brink of a great evolutionary shift, and our feminine consciousness is needed. It is integral to the reweaving of the world. It is what will birth a new way of being that will reignite our care and compassion for the Earth, for the trees, for generations to come.” – Clare Dubois, Founder, TreeSisters

Take a moment to think about your sheroes, that is, in addition to your grandmothers, great grandmothers or other powerful women in your family.

  • What women have been the most influential role models for you?
  • In what ways can you apply the lessons of their trials, tribulations and triumphs?
  • What qualities do the women listed above have in common?
  • Identify other women you’d add to the list?
  • In what ways can you cultivate greater influence and leadership? 

We can look to these women of influence, power and leadership; revolutionary women of courage, wisdom, faith and talent who have changed the world and are changing the world, to help fuel our own desires to BE the change we seek for ourselves and our world! 

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women’s equality.

Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.​ Make IWD your day – everyday.

#IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/IWD2019

 

How Do You Want To Be Known and Remembered?

How Do You Want To Be Known and Remembered?

As many of you know, I recently celebrated my birthday. Consequently, I’ve been reflecting on my past and contemplating my future.

Ancestry

Specifically, I’m pondering my relationship with and responsibility to my ancestors. Not only do I stand on their shoulders, in truth I am my ancestors. Thus, these questions come to mind:

  • How am I bringing their dreams to fruition?
  • In what ways am I taking their triumphs to the next level, or transforming their shortcomings into lessons for guidance and growth?
  • How can I be more of what I’ve been created to be?
  • In what ways am I paying it forward?

Given where you are in your life, how would you answer these questions?

Although I’ve not yet come to specific answers, I’m clear that my ancestors did the best they could under the circumstances and in spite of the conditions in which they lived. At this stage I’m also doing the best I can, but without a doubt I can be and do better. In fact, I feel compelled to do so!

Legacy

As I contemplate my future, the issue of legacy is uppermost in my mind. What is Legacy?

In general, we think of legacy as something handed down from an ancestor, something tangible or intangible passed on from one generation to the next; money and/or property a person leaves behind in their will. However, I believe that you create your legacy from the beginning of your life; by who, what and how you are. It usually isn’t until later in life though that most people think about legacy more consciously.

In countries or cultures in which a baby is given a name with a specific meaning, their name may shape their purpose or destiny, or what is expected of them based on the family or community. When a child expresses an interest or talent in a particular activity, if given the opportunity to develop it, that may become the person’s legacy.

Legacy Building

Consciously creating your legacy with intention, clarity and joy is essential, particularly if you feel you have more skills to share or gifts to give.

  • What are you creating, contributing or producing that may become your legacy?
  • Is there something else you feel called to be or do at this time?
  • What are you leaving, not only for your family or those you serve, but for the world?
  • Is there one thing on your bucket list that you must do? If so, what is it? 

Like help to explore these questions further, consider options and next steps?

If so, sign up for a complimentary Soul’s Calling Vision Session

Some Ways That I Want To Be Remembered

I am a lifelong learner, spiritual sojourner and cultural creative who values freedom, justice, peace. Therefore, I’d like to be remembered as:

The spiritual, creative, sensitive, wise woman who generously shared her divinely-given talents, skills and gifts, lived her Soul’s Calling through The Wright Resort, helping women Fuel Up, Step Up, Rise Up as leaders, visionaries and change agents to restore balance, peace and justice to heal humanity and the planet.

And when I evolve to the next level, I want the Ancestors to say:

Welcome Home, Our Beloved
Pure is your heart, you’ve done your part
Your assignment is complete,
And your Light shines Bright!
Well done, Harriet, well done!

How do you want to be remembered?

“It’s a great blessing to know your true self, realize your soul’s calling, fulfill your life’s purpose and create a fruitful legacy.”  – Harriet Tubman Wright

*Please note that May 1 is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and traditional spring holiday in some cultures. May Day is also International Workers’ Day. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and Older Americans Month!

Women Who Lead and Succeed with Spirit, Soul and Substance

Honoring Women’s History Month

“Women of every color, ethnicity, spiritual, cultural, educational and economic background throughout the world are evolving as leaders, visionaries and change agents to restore balance, peace, and justice to heal humanity and the world.”

– Harriet Tubman Wright

I’m proud to come from a long lineage of powerful African and African American women trailblazers, movers and shakers, those who have defied the odds, broken the barriers and raised the bar of excellence in every field of endeavor! I’m not only standing on the shoulders of these women but standing shoulder to shoulder with many of them!

Africa – In antiquity: Auset, Queen Hatshesut, Queen of Sheba, Queen Nzinga to contemporary times: Wangari Mathaai, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Winnie Mandela, Sobonfu Somé, Miriam Makeba, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira…

Activists/Freedom Fighters – Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Betty Shabazz, Aileen Hernandez, Marion Wright Edelman, Shirley Chisolm, Dorothy Height, Anita Hill, Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, Ericka Huggins, Kathleen Cleaver, Betty Reid Soskin, Sybrina Fulton, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Khan Cullors, Opal Tometi…

Artists; many of whom used their artistry to promote social change – Gwendolyn Brooks, Josephine Baker, Marian Anderson, Bessie Smith, Billie Holliday, Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Berniece Johnson Reagon, Whitney Houston, Katherine Dunham, Carmen de Lavallade, Judith Jamison, Ruth Beckford, Lorraine Hansberry, Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Eartha Kitt, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Octavia Butler, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Hattie McDaniels, Dianne Caroll, Naomi Sims, Vanessa Williams, Halle Berry, Whoopie Goldberg, Cicely Tyson, Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Luisah Teish…

Athletes – Wilma Rudolph, Alice Coachman, Althea Gipson, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Serena and Venus Williams, Laila Ali, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, Dominique Dawes…

Educators & Scientists – Mary McLeod Bethune, Johnetta Cole, Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, Dr. Mae Jemison, Shirley Ann Jackson, Marie Van Britton Brown, Bessie Coleman, Henrietta Lacks…

Entrepreneurs – Madam CJ Walker, Sheila Johnson, Janice Bryant Howroyd, Lisa Price…

Media – Ida B. Wells, Charlayne Hunter Gault, Susan Taylor, Oprah Winfrey…

Public Office – Condoleezza Rice, Carol Mosely Braun, Barbara Jordan, Regina Benjamin, Loretta Lynch, Susan Rice, Barbara Lee …

Spiritual Leaders – Bishop Leontine Kelly, Iyanla Vanzant, Rev. Johnnie Colemon, Bishop Dr. Barbara King…

Category of Her Own – Michelle Obama

Take a moment to think about your sheroes, that is, in addition to your grandmothers, great grandmothers or other powerful women in your family.

  • What women have been the most influential role models for you? 
  • In what ways can you apply the lessons of their trials, tribulations and triumphs? 
  • What qualities do the women listed above have in common? 
  • Who are other African or African American women you’d add to the list? 
  • In what ways can you cultivate greater influence and leadership?

We can look to these women of influence, power and leadership; revolutionary women of courage, wisdom, faith and talent who have changed the world and are changing the world, to help fuel our own desires to BE the change we seek for ourselves and our world!

I encourage you to learn about women that you’ve never heard of or know about.

Your feedback is appreciated. Please share your comments below… 

Finally, Blessings for the Spring Equinox, Easter and Moving Forward with Spirit, Soul and Substance!

Raising Our Voices and Visibility!

The 2018 Oakland Women’s Rally and March was beautiful, inspiring and energizing! It represented a renewed commitment to women’s rights; voting, specifically getting progressive women elected at the local, state and national level; economic equity and environmental justice. The solidarity within cultural diversity was palpable; babies in strollers to elders in wheelchairs; provocative, funny, clever and spot-on signs…many stressed voting, aligning with dreamers, power to women, anti #45 and resistance messages, etc. Speaking Truth speeches with jamming poetry and hip-hop rhymes, plus a talented youth band that drew a big crowd, along with the bubble lady engaging many of the younger children, and definitely more men participated this year. There was something fun and motivational for everyone, particularly the calls to action at the local, state and national level. It was indeed a high vibration memorable day, reminding us that women are the present and we must all work together for social change, environmental justice, humane governance and peace.

  • Did you, friends or family members participate in a Women’s March?
  • How were you impacted whether marching or watching a newscast?
  • What are your priorities for positive change?
  • Are you wondering about what you could do?

What Now? What Next?

Voting is a priority this year. However, voting is more than going to the polls to voice your choice for a candidate or proposition. We also vote with other conscious, tangible, personal and collective actions, be it:

  • Challenging the status quo in your organization
  • Buying locally and seasonally
  • Giving food, clothes, toiletries, etc. to homeless residents
  • Serving on a local board or commission
  • Participating in a political campaign
  • Mentoring a young person
  • Co-Organizing a Peace Rally
  • Demonstrating leadership in your church or community
  • Working with an advocacy group
  • Encouraging colleagues to support a cause
  • Coalition-building for community empowerment
  • How Else?

I’m voting via my blogs, online dialogues, volunteer activities regarding senior housing and local school enhancements. I’m also experimenting with how best to use my creativity to inspire and empower more women to raise their voices and visibility; and together be catalysts for the change that helps heal humanity and the planet.

  • How are you voting?
  • In what ways do you want to create social change?
  • For what are you demonstrating your power?
  • What is your specific call to action?

 To explore these questions further within community, please join me for a Special Soul’s Calling Tele-Class:

Raising Your Voice and Visibility

Tuesday, February 13, 10am 3pm eastern

During the 1-hour call, we will dialogue about questions raised in this article. By the end of the dialogue, you will have more clarity about your Soul’s Call to Action and the contribution you can make to positive social change.

For more information and registration, go to:

Soul’s Calling Teleclass

I look forward to connecting with you. Questions? harriet@thewrightresort.com

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When the Unexpected Overwhelms You

When the Unexpected Overwhelms You

Seize the opportunity to create unexpected solutions!

In recent weeks, I’ve been confronted with/deluged by a series of unexpected occurrences. Rather than get stuck in the “why me” victimhood mode, not to say that I didn’t go there, I just didn’t stay stuck there. Clearly, here was no choice but to deal with these unexpected occurrences/intrusions; the question was how?

From the outset, I affirmed divine right order and outcome. Then I chose to:

  1. Get quiet and listen to my inner guidance
  2. Share the challenge, rather than try to ‘figure it out’ alone
  3. Seek help from the appropriate people
  4. Explore options with whom I sought help
  5. Clarify what I could/must do and specific tasks others with the expertise could handle to help me
  6. Carry out the tasks and upon completion, celebrate
  7. Discover the lesson and see the good in the unexpected

And what occurred that was unexpected, discombobulating and outright frustrating?   

First, a pack of tiny moths threatened to overtake my space. After using commercial and natural methods to do away with the moths and larvae, a decision was made to dispose of the wool carpet. To do so required that I remove all my personal effects. Once the carpet was taken away, I swept and steam cleaned the floor. Then after incensing the space, I gradually restored my belongings, a little at a time, and put up more moth traps in the room and closet.

Lesson 1:  Do not ignore even the slightest indication of moths, as they constantly eat and reproduce. Use the least offensive yet most effective method to send them to their next life, immediately…

Lesson 2: Clearing out my personal effects enabled me to de-clutter, downsize, and re-organize my space! Feels and looks better!

Secondly, I received a mail audit letter from the IRS, stating that I owed them an exorbitant amount from returns filed over 3 years ago. I’ve never been audited! How dare they?

While employed, the more I made, the fewer taxes I paid
While retired, the less I make, the more they (try to) take!

After consulting my CPA, I gathered ‘proof of purchase’ documents that were easily accessible to me. Subsequently it was necessary to request annual statements from two banks, Comcast, PayPal and individuals with whom I had done business. Once received, all documents had to be organized by category with explanations of relevance to my business. Within 3 weeks of daily attention, I verified that business expenses reported on my return were valid and legitimate.

Although the entire process of gathering, reconciling, verifying, printing/copying (2.5 hours on one day) and checking the documents and calculations again took big chunks of my time, energy and focus, I was SO relieved to put the documents packet in priority mail to IRS, certified with return receipt requested. Of course only highest good is expected hereafter.

Lesson I: Keep records of expenditures accurate, up-to-date and accessible.

Lesson 2: Be kind, patient, and gracious with all you call on for help. When warranted, praise them for their excellent customer service.

Lastly, during this time, I was also dealing with the demands of an intense spiritual retreat and the transition of a very close friend.

In conclusion, when the unexpected overwhelms you, consider these fundamental and essential guidelines:

  • Maintain spiritual practices to stay grounded, centered and grateful
  • Focus on one designated task at a time and take refresh breaks
  • Exercise regularly with mind-body and cardio routines
  • Discover the lesson while also seeing the good in the challenge
  • Make time for fun—watching the Golden State Warriors Play-Offs was the best

Finally, know that this too shall pass. You’ll grow through it as you go through it and be fine!

Is there anything else you would add? 

YOUR SOUL SAFARI TO SUCCESS