There is an African proverb that
says if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go with others.
In the corporate world, far is better than fast. We could rephrase this to say if you want to get to the top, go with others. Why? Because it is not only about getting to the top. It is about getting there and staying there. Anyone can get to the top but as women it is important to stay once we get there. This is where you need others.
Dr Sam Chand talks about ladder holders. These are people who will hold your ladder in place so that you do not fall off. Your ladder holders have to be trustworthy and reliable. That is why I recommend you have these people with you from the onset of your journey.
I know there is a school of thought that promotes individual achievements and ‘lone rangers ‘ who can make it on their own. For women this does not work at all. If you are going to go far, take others with you.
Just a word of caution. It is not simply about having anyone go with you. These have to be people adding value to your journey and you doing the same to theirs. Share your goals, encourage and hold each other accountable.
As homework for the week, list the people who are with you on your journey to the top. What value are they adding? Do you trust them to hold your ladder once you are at the top? Whose ladder are you holding? Are you giving them the kind of support you would want to receive if you were the one at the top?
Remember to go far, you need others. So who is accompanying you on your journey to the top?