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Wearing the Shirt: Embracing Leadership with Integrity


In the ever-evolving landscape of educational leadership, the journey toward gender equality and empowerment remains an ongoing pursuit. At the forefront of this movement is Gloria Feldt, co-founder and president of Take the Lead, whose unwavering dedication to propelling women into leadership positions across all sectors by 2025 is nothing short of inspiring.


In a recent episode of the "Empowering Women in Educational Leadership" podcast, Gloria engaged in a thought-provoking conversation about the concept of "Wearing the Shirt" and its profound implications for leadership and integrity.


The term "Wearing the Shirt" holds a deeper significance beyond its literal interpretation. It embodies the idea of wholeheartedly embracing one's beliefs and values to the extent that you proudly display them in every facet of your life. As Gloria eloquently expressed, it's about knowing what you stand for so unequivocally that you would proudly wear your organization's logo out in public, whether it be to the grocery store or the gym.


This powerful metaphor serves as a litmus test for authenticity and conviction. If you hesitate to don the proverbial shirt of your organization or cause, it prompts introspection and questions the alignment between your values and your actions. It's a reminder that true leadership requires unwavering commitment and integrity, both in public and in private.


During the podcast, Gloria shared a poignant anecdote about colleagues deliberating whether they would wear their company shirts with the logo outside of work hours. This simple yet profound scenario encapsulates the essence of "Wearing the Shirt" and underscores the importance of integrity and authenticity in leadership.


Moreover, the conversation delved into the multifaceted nature of leadership, challenging conventional notions and expanding the definition to encompass anyone who takes ownership and gets things done, regardless of their title or position. As Dr. Duguid aptly stated, leadership is a verb—it requires action, initiative, and a willingness to lead from wherever you are.


In essence, "Wearing the Shirt" is a call to action—a call to embody the values and principles we hold dear, to lead with integrity and conviction, and to take ownership of our roles as agents of change in the realm of educational leadership.


As we reflect on the insights shared in this enlightening episode, let us be inspired to embrace leadership with integrity, wear our beliefs proudly, and strive for a future where every woman can lead and succeed on her own terms. Join us on this transformative journey as we pave the way toward a more equitable and inclusive educational landscape for all.


Remember, as a leader, you don't have to know it all—you just need to lead the way for others to shine.  I hope you visit to connect for more ways to Exponentially Elevate your Impact in Leadership.



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