For Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer at Levo League, there's never been a question why she's on this planet.
"My life’s work is advancing women and girls," said said. "Because of that I’m able to make really clear decisions about where I invest my time, my energy and resources."
Despite knowing her purpose, Dufu's career hasn't gone according to plan. "I couldn’t have told you that I was going to start a girls school in my hometown of Seattle, run a national leadership organization or that right now I’d be working for a technology company. But what I could have told you a long time ago is whatever I was doing it was toward the advancement of women and girls."
Tiffany's perspective on her professional journey is empowering and inspiring. Watch the video for her advice on being authentic, getting the right feedback at work and worrying less.
LINKEDIN: What's the value of risk-taking?
TIFFANY: When I was young, my dad encouraged me to get involved in student government and run for office. One of the reasons why that was the greatest gift is because when you’re young and you put yourself out there, you communicate to people why they should invest in you. And then by a vote of your own peers, you lose and you have to — in the fifth or sixth grade — get up the next morning and go to school.
What you learn is that the world doesn’t fall apart when you put yourself out there. The world doesn’t fall apart when you take a risk. If there’s anything I wish women had more practice doing, it’s failing publicly — because that’s how you build resiliency, that’s how you know what doesn’t work, therefore that’s how you know what does work. It’s impossible to be successful without taking risks.
LINKEDIN: How does family factor into your success?
TIFFANY: I really credit my parents with where I am today in terms of helping me have the confidence to know that I can do anything. When I was young, my parents used to tell me, despite me hating it at the time, “Tiffany, you are so smart and you are so loved and you are so beautiful.” And while it was very annoying when I was young, over time I’ve really come to understand that was my armor they were preparing me with, and I take it everywhere I go.
LINKEDIN: Is there something that’s mattered most to you in terms of your professional success?
TIFFANY: In my leadership journey, the most important thing that’s mattered to me are people. I’m basically the cumulative investment of a lot of people who have taken the time to mentor me, to sponsor me, to coach me, to open doors for me. And when they’ve opened doors for me, I’ve run through them. I haven’t hopped. I haven’t skipped. I haven’t walked. I’ve run through every single one of those doors. And there’s no way I would be here without the people in my life who have really supported me along the way.
Originally Posted On LinkedIn By: Jacky Carter
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