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Kathrine Switzer and the Boston Marathon: A Lesson in Empowerment

What can Kathrine Switzer teach us about empowerment?

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group.

This week was the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. Boston is unlike any other marathon; the course, the crowds, and its history make it unique.

This year was especially significant– it was the 50th anniversary of the first woman to finish the race as an official entrant. In 1967, Kathrine Switzer entered the race using her initials K.V. Despite being tackled and nearly forced from the course in the first two miles, she finished the race and made history.

Thanks to Kathrine’s brave accomplishment, women have officially entered and competed in Boston since 1976. On this anniversary, Kathrine was interviewed about women’s running and said,

“They’re running because they’re empowered. They’re running because their lives have been changed so positively by the sense of accomplishment and self-esteem they have gained from running.”

Whether we’re runners or not, Kathrine is an inspiration for all of us. Her words resonate: empowerment, accomplishment and self-esteem. Think about your personal or professional life. How are you empowered? How do you empower your employees? As a leader, how do you enable others to succeed and buoy self-esteem?

Kathrine had a coach who challenged her, she trained for the moment, and she believed in herself. At The Latimer Group, we seek to empower our clients every day. We help them increase confidence and reach their goals through improved communication. Whether you’re striving to achieve an athletic accomplishment or a professional one, think of Kathrine Switzer. Her determination and courage are reminders of how we can find success in the most unlikely of places.

At The Latimer Group, our individual Coaching services are highly customized and designed to help you achieve your specific goals. Typical engagements focus on developing skill sets in Leadership Communications, Public Speaking, and Executive-Level Business Presentations. To learn more, e-mail us at info@TheLatimerGroup.com

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4 Communication Missteps Men Make in the Workplace

Earlier today, I had a LinkedIn conversation with a good friend named Bryan, who also happens to be a member of Latimer’s Board of Advisors. Bryan had read a recent blog post of ours about the language mistakes some women make in the workplace. And Bryan’s request and challenge to me was now to write… Continue Reading

Be the Fearless Girl. Stare Down the Bull!

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. State Street Global Advisors pulled off a brilliant coup with its surprise installation of the “Fearless Girl” on Wednesday morning to acknowledge International Women’s Day. State Street has been advocating to increase the number of women in leadership roles and sitting on… Continue Reading

Petulance, Parenting, and the President

Earlier this morning, I was thinking about the way I coach clients. My colleagues and I always preach the important of message AND delivery. Message matters, first and foremost. But the way in which the message is delivered has a huge impact on the way the message is received. And then on my drive into… Continue Reading

Leadership Tips: When to Debate, When to Dictate

I’m working with an executive right now who has an interesting and engaging leadership style. He likes to collaborate, he likes dialogue, he wants to hear what people have to say. He allows lots of input, and seems to detest strict hierarchy. I like this style, actually, because it is similar to my own. But… Continue Reading

What Is Your Superpower?

I have written here on many other occasions that leadership and team lessons can come from anywhere. It is always great to find some little nugget of wisdom and apply it to other facets of your life. And it is especially profound when that little nugget comes in the most innocent of ways… a passing… Continue Reading

The 4 C’s of Leadership Communication

It’s an increasingly complicated world in which to live and do business. We have more access to information, and more access to each other than ever before. As we process that information, distractions and “white noise” come at each of us every day, at an alarming rate, from seemingly every direction, which makes our jobs… Continue Reading

Leadership Tip: Look to Your Parenting for Help

My wife Emily and I are proud parents of two great kids, one age six, and one age sixteen months. We’re also both voracious readers, and we’re always looking for ideas and insight on better parenting. And much of what we read boils down to this: As a parent, will you make decisions that solve… Continue Reading

The Powerful Idea of Leadership Transference

Leadership can mean different things at different times to different people. But a few things are non-negotiable. And while sitting on an airplane the other day, I was reading a short essay about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the concept of “transference” came up. The point of the essay was that during his presidency, Roosevelt was not… Continue Reading

Vulnerability and Strong Leadership: The Connection

  I had a great chat this morning with a partner of The Latimer Group’s. She and I discussed a number of components of great leadership in the 21st century, and one of the ideas we kicked around was the concept of leadership “vulnerability.” I was struck by the idea enough to write a quick post… Continue Reading

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