Lion prides centre around the females as the leaders. They are the hunters, defenders, and caregivers. They can survive on their own, but they thrive as members of a community.
The Leadership Lioness can tackle the same roles in the human community. She’s the hunter, the defender and the mother. She can survive on her own and thrives when surrounded by a supportive community. She doesn't thrive, however, by allowing others to define what success looks like. She defines her own success.
Women often get caught up in how others define success. Constant comparing and second guessing and failing to meet the ideals of others can be a tremendous burden--not to mention exhausting.
Some women want to stay home and raise their kids. If they have the income to make that happen, great! Some women don't want kids. If they want to focus on other pursuits, great! Other women want to blend the rhythms of motherhood and career--also great! All that matters is knowing what’s right for you and sticking to it and not allowing the ideals of others to derail what you know is right for you.
As the Leadership Lioness, you must ask yourself:
What is my definition of success?
What is right for me?
What do I like to do?
How do I create that life?
What risks am I willing to take?
Answering these questions will provide clarity and with that clarity you can take action from a place that works for you and "have it all" on your terms. You don't have to choose between success at home and success at work. You just have to define what either of those pictures look like and how they can work together. Yes, you can have it all. As long as "all" is what works for you.