Their talk was fantastic, but obviously I want to focus more on their book, the journey that led to its publication, and the impact it had on how I think about leadership.
Maggie Chotas and Betsy Polk started out as high school friends, turned business partners later in life. Their book, Power Through Partnership: How Women Lead Better Together, was the product of their realization that there are no examples of women working together in popular media. Their book moves through the stereotypes that keep women from entering into partnership - business or otherwise - and why their experience, and the experiences of the women they have interviewed would suggest that these stereotypes are false.
Reading their book, I found that I identified with much of what they were selling. This blog is a perfect example. Leah and I are certainly partners in what we are doing and we are 100 x's stronger together than we would be apart.
We hold each other accountable. It's hard to just skip a post when you know that someone else is counting on you to hold up you end.
We allow for flexibility. When Leah knows I am having a hard week, she will shoot me a text and offer to write an extra post that week so I don't have to. And it works both ways.
We are more creative. The things that Leah does with marketing our blog astound me. She has been pushing us to monetize from day 1 and has researched and explored multiple avenues for doing so. My skills lay more in content creation and concept organization. As the old adage goes, two brains are better than one.
For anyone entering the workplace or even simply partnering on a blog or community project, I strongly recommend this book. It is inspirational to see women finally doing what men have been doing for years - teaming up, kicking butt, and entering the spotlight while doing so. Leadership doesn't have to mean going solo. Sharing the spotlight can be fun.