. . . so I work with organizations and directly with leaders around the world to give them tools and a process to help women in leadership move forward. As a result, these leaders become confident, own their voice, and lead more effectively. When women are equipped to lead, they grow and so do their organizations.
Many women know they were created and commissioned to lead, but they are often left feeling stuck, overlooked, and limited. After working directly with thousands of women and evaluating my own experiences, here are a few reasons why women in leadership struggle (even in a supportive, encouraging organizational culture):
Leadership simply wasn't the primary path for women in previous generations, so we don't always have accessible role models to illuminate our path forward.
With the realities of family life — marriage and/or children — a woman's career path is rarely linear. Statistically, it's more likely that a woman will have to take an extended leave from work. This is a unique challenge for women to navigate as they often return to greet a new environment at work with more responsibilities at home. Even if you have a supportive male leader, he can't and won't understand how to navigate the challenges and realities of leadership as a woman.
What's expected from women in society, what women are allowed to do in your organization or industry, and what's required of women outside of work, requires different tools, different practices, and a different process for women to develop their leadership.
Studies show that even as women rise to leadership in the workplace and the community, they still carry most of the responsibilities in the rest of their lives, from parenting to household management to supporting relational connections among family members. This produces a mental load so heavy that it can lead to fractured relationships, disillusionment, and burnout. If you want to thrive as a leader, you need your support crew.
In fact, the highest performers in most industries, sports or life have a coach or mentor. Finding a coach who can mentor you and share their experiences is an excellent investment in your life and your leadership.
I understand because I've been there.
I know what it’s like to feel and to be told I can’t lead, to be told to wait your turn, to not know what’s next, to hope for an opportunity to contribute in a way that leverages your passion and maximizes your potential. However, I also know how great it feels to have someone believe in me, give of themselves to mentor me, and put their reputation on the line to open up doors for me.
For over 20 years, I've equipped men and women to become better leaders by planting churches, consulting and coaching over 7,000 churches and their leadership teams, and speaking at events to millions of people.
Jo Saxton Leadership Coaching is an online, group leadership coaching program and community designed to help amazing women own and accelerate their development as leaders at work and at home.
My goal is to give you and the women in your organization wings to soar to new places and cheer you on every step of the way.
As a member of the coaching program, each month you'll get:
Being a leader may have never been a part of your plans. Maybe you’re still struggling to even call yourself a leader. Regardless, there’s something you want to do or something you’re currently doing that is requiring more of you. You just need someone to come alongside you.
Sign up for Jo Saxton Leadership Coaching today. It's time for you to own your voice, lead confidently and make a difference. I can help.
I can’t wait to see you inside the community.
Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcast host, and leadership coach. She has dedicated her career to growing leadership teams around the world and empowering women to find their purpose in their personal lives and in leadership.
Born in London to parents who immigrated from Nigeria, Jo credits her family’s unrelenting work ethic to the bold, tenacious approach she takes to sharing her wisdom on identity, influence, and living an authentic life. She is characterized by her effervescent honesty and warm approachability, leaving audiences with practical next steps in areas that are usually a bit ambiguous.
Her latest book, The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For, helps readers tackle their past, their identity, and learn how to create a legacy they want. Her upcoming book, Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step Into Your Influence, challenges and equips women to maximize their potential. She has also spearheaded an initiative aimed to help women grow their leadership skills.
Jo lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Chris, and their two daughters.