Perseverance and reliability

In addition to discussing “women with strong brands” last week, SPSU’s Women’s Leadership Initiative group also listed the “top three characteristics” of their own brands.  Among the 28 women who submitted a list of what they considered their top three traits, many were unique – but a few traits appeared multiple times.  (The writer in me is a little troubled by the awareness that some of these are nouns and some are adjectives, but I am simply quoting them here, as submitted.)

The most frequently cited characteristic – cited four times – was “perseverance.”  Three people listed “dependable,” “hard working,” ”reliable,” and “strength.”  Traits that were listed twice included “caring, “competent,” “creative problem solver,” “inquisitiveness,” “kindness,” “optimistic,” “personable,” “resourceful,” “stability,” and “team builder.”  We spent some time talking about how someone with any of these characteristics would embody them.  As we talked, a consistent theme was “I want to see this person leading — or serving on — my committee!”

Some of the traits that were only mentioned once deserve to be noted here, too.  They reflect the diversity of this group – and the range of skills and characteristics that they bring to the institution.  Here’s a sampling:

Adaptability

Compassionate

Determined

Exuberant

Facilitator

Hopeful

Inclusive

Innovative

Loyal

Open

Organized

Professional

Resilient

Trustworthy

I anticipate that we will all continue to reflect on these “brand traits” as we pursue the leadership initiative this spring.

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