REAL Leadership Online is one year old!

For the last year REAL Leadership Online has been providing leadership development through weekly blog posts, by linking you to leadership articles and advice as well as sharing our favorite leadership books and videos. In celebration of our milestone here are a few of our most memorable leadership lessons.

Favorite Blog Post: Leadership Lessons from Mom

Favorite Video:  Tavi Gevinson – A Teen Just Trying to Figure It Out

Gamma Phi Betas are dedicated to building strong girls. One of the best things about working with young girls is that you can learn as much from them as they can from you. Wise beyond her years, teenager Tavi Gevinson established one of today’s most popular online magazines, Rookie. In her popular TED talk she reminds us that as girls and women it is okay if we are just trying to figure it all out.

Watch when you need to be reminded that great teachers can be any age. Click here to check it out.

Favorite Link: Women and Teamwork

Teams of people often come together in order to make decisions. It is why we have committees, boards of directors, councils and organizations. But have you ever been a part of a group that can’t seem to make a decision? It turns out that certain groups or teams are smarter than others. What makes a team smart? According to researchers the answer is women. Click here to find out how women play a role in helping teams make better decisions.

Favorite Book: “What To Do When it’s Your Turn (and it’s Always Your Turn)” by Seth Godin

Seth Godin is a best-selling author, world-famous blogger and a maker of ruckuses. His latest book "What to Do When it’s Your Turn (and it’s Always Your Turn)" focuses on leadership, making a difference in the world and initiating change. Godin doesn’t want you to wait to be called on, elected or chosen – he wants you to be a leader today.

Godin’s work reads more like a magazine than a book. It is made up of short excerpts, quotes and full-color pictures that make this an easy read for even the most reluctant of readers. Although this might be a quick read, Godin pushes his readers to dig deeper into who they are as leaders than many books twice the length.

Throughout the book readers will be required to face their fears of leading and taking initiative, evaluate their thirst for saying yes to opportunity and be inspired to get out in the world and make their own ruckus.

As Godin states, “The world around us regularly offer us opportunities to step up, to lead, to raise our hands. We get a chance to be needed and to do work that matters. And we rarely say ‘yes’ to that opportunity. We hesitate because the yes offends our need to play it safe, our need to be picked, and it’s true, our need to work on our other, more urgent, needs.”

Say yes, read the book. It’s your turn.