What Black women want most from their leadership & careers

By July 16, 2015inspiration

Black women are more likely than white women to report feeling stalled and that their talents aren’t as recognized by their superiors, a 2015 study titled Black Women Ready to Lead reports. As Black women, we are battling a dual reality of invisibility and silence.

The study reports what Black women want most from work is the ability to:

  1. Flourish
  2. Excel
  3. Reach for meaning and purpose
  4. Earn well
  5. Empower others and to be empowered

Yet, our desires go unmet. I discovered Black women are overrepresented in the lowest-earning and least secure jobs, as well as among the uninsured, the unemployed, and impoverished.

How do we sisters get ahead?

We must forge our own path. I found through my own leadership journey of taking charge, we must invest in mentors and resources that will maximize our leadership skills so that we can create the career and life we desire. Over a two year period, my former job- a premier statewide advocacy group- created two leadership positions for me at the top. Those promotions occurred because I utilized these major resources and strategies.

Although there are many challenges facing Black women desiring leadership, I hope we all can take heed to make my grandmother’s advice:

“There will be two things against you in life: You’re Black and you’re a woman. But never let that get in your way.”

To all my sisters in success, I leave you with this: Take Charge!

Leave a comment: Get it out! What’s your biggest frustration with your career?



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  • A sence of no direction and training.

  • A sense of purpose and fulfillment, mentorship, and more empathy.

  • Lacking the above is definitely frustrating. What are you options for gaining any of those in your career?

  • Quanisha M. Smith Well, I am currently planning and preparing for a career change, but this time around I am taking charge of my career because I have a stronger sense of what I want to accomplish in it. Your "12 Effective Resources for Black Women" guide has been EXTREMELY helpful to me. I'm glad to be discovering so many resources to help me along my journey of becoming a better professional, leader, and all around woman. 🙂

  • I'm glad you found the guide helpful for this phase of your life! Since you are in the middle of planning, feel free to reach out if you want some clarity shifting through it all. I invite you to apply for a Who you be Discovery Session on the "work with me" page. You don't have to do this alone Sis!

  • Shanequa Banks says:

    I have been feeling like I need to do something else. I no longer feel appreciated.

  • Octavia says:

    Even though I have a Masters and well rounded resume, I do not feel that employers are giving me what I am worth. I am so grateful to have found your site. Thanks 🙂

  • Hello Quanisha Smith, I am frustrated with the laws in America in regards trying to patent my ideal. I have an invention and have been advised that it has the potential to make a million dollars a day from downloads alone. It's new technology. I am a single mom of three and can't afford the legal fees. I've been told that I have to be careful because the first person to patent the ideal will own it. I've been advised to seek for a joint investor but have been unsuccessful. Also I have attended so many workshops but do to the invention not having a patent I can't discuss the features and the visit is wasted. I've tried the go fund me program and same results. What do I do? How can I proceed? Help.

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