Tips for Women Leaders with Bonnie St. John

Olympic Medalist and Best-Selling Author, Bonnie St. John joined us live to discuss her most recent book entitled, ‘How Great Women Lead’. She is the author of six books and co-authored ‘How Great Women Lead’ with her daughter, Darcy.

Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing. Bonnie took home three medals in downhill events in the 1984 Paralympics, went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, and eventually earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. After returning to the U.S., Bonnie began her business career at IBM, where she was an award-winning sales representative. Later, Bonnie was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a Director for Human Capital Policy on the White House National Economic Council.

Bonnie’s Tips for Women Leaders:

Take Risks – Find Opportunities
(Women tend to have narrower, more specialized careers.  Leaders who rise high take assignments in areas they don’t know well and broaden their experience in the organization.)

Get Powerful Sponsors
(The mistakes women tend to make are having mentors instead of sponsors, only having one, or having sponsors without enough clout.)

Persevere Through Obstacles
(Women who reach the top have definitely had rejections, setbacks, and failures. They didn’t just give up.)

Perfectionism Isn’t Perfect
(Women can get so caught up in perfecting the details they may not take enough risks, think strategically, or find life balance.)

For more information on Bonnie St. John, you can visit her website.

This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on April 8, 2014.