My name is Henna Inam. I founded Transformational Leadership Inc., after a 20-year career to pursue my passion to help women realize their potential to be transformational leaders, and to help organizations develop & retain these leaders. My clients drive breakthroughs in innovation, engagement, and growth. Here are some ways we can work together:
1) Executive Coaching for women leaders,
2) Seminars and speaking for mixed audiences
3) Consulting for more diverse talent pipelines
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Here’s to you igniting your own fire & keeping it burning!
Want to get choice assignments? Want to make more money? Want to have a bigger impact? Get sponsored.
Only 13% of women leaders have sponsors according to data from the Center for Talent Innovation. How do the rest of us get the right sponsors? Sponsors are the people several levels up in the organization who have political clout and influence to get us promotions, the right assignments, and visibility. While mentors can give advice, sponsors get us promoted. We need both. Sponsors generally find us, but we can certainly take action to be visible and raise our hand. To get the inside scoop on how people really decide who they sponsor, I spoke with several people in leadership roles and those in HR who have the inside scoop on how this actually happens. [continue reading]
I recently did a Google search on the word “Purpose” for the book I’m writing. Apparently 6.1 million searches have been done on this word in just the last month. This would be equal to the number of searches done on the word “Leadership”. Apparently a lot of people are searching for purpose (no pun intended!).
I am inviting those who are in search of purpose to write about their own purpose journey to inspire each of us to awaken to our own sense of purpose. When we connect to our purpose we are more engaged, more courageous, more resilient, more resourceful, and more creative than we thought possible. I know from personal experience. Purpose ignites our leadership potential. Here’s my story. [continue reading]
My 14-year old daughter came back from school the other day quite worried. She had put a lot of work into a project presentation for her class. She had gotten 98 points out of 100. Instead of celebrating the 98, she was worried that her arch-rival in class would get a higher grade. Have you ever found yourself comparing yourself to others? I know I have. And it’s the enemy of leadership. Here’s why. [continue reading]
Imagine being 70 years old and deciding that you are just getting started – in creating a nonprofit organization determined to achieve parity for women in top leadership positions by 2025. At the ripe young age of 70, Gloria Feldt, author of the book “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power” decided she wasn’t done yet with making a difference and changing the world. I want to be like her when I grow up!
Gloria is former CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Her book delivers nine powerful tools for women to reframe how they see power and use it to reach their goals. Here are the nine power tools. Which is standing in the way of you and your full power? [continue reading]
Would you like to have greater influence with the people you work with? I will make a confession. I have always had this secret fantasy. In my fantasy, I have a magic wand. When I wave the wand, people always agree with what I say, and do exactly what I tell them to do. Alas, I am still waiting for this fantasy to come true. As an executive coach, I often work with clients to help them expand their influence with people across functions and geographies, people who often don’t report to them. In my corporate life as a global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), I would wish for that magic wand where our country organizations would line up and say yes to our marketing programs. Here’s one simple rule I discovered through personal failure. [continue reading]
Did you know that according to this 2011 Linked In survey of 1,000 women professionals, while 80% said having a mentor was important, only 20% actually had a mentor? In my work as an executive coach and speaker, I notice how easy it is for many women to second-guess ourselves. We tend to focus more on our own weaknesses than our strengths. On the other hand, we are often quick to see others’ strengths and have a desire to support them. So, it’s important for us to come together to support each other in reaching our dreams.
As promised in my earlier post “Why Aren’t There More Women CEO’s“, I will be sharing a series of articles and resources for leaders who want to start or join a mentoring circle. This is the first in the series. Please comment below and let me know what content will be most useful for you. [continue reading]
Those who know me would consider me a fairly self-confident person. Most days I feel pretty self-confident. And then there are situations where I wish I had a bit of that Donald Trump “nothing can shake me” confidence. I find myself uncertain, uncomfortable, out of place, and my first impulse is to get away from the situation as fast as my wobbly legs can carry me — toward a bowl of my favorite peanut M&M’s.
The fact is that the most self-assured of us experience self-doubt. Just this week I interviewed Helene Gayle (CEO of CARE) and Jacqueline Novogratz (CEO of The Acumen Fund) for the book I am writing. They are smart, accomplished, self-confident, powerful women who spoke very humanly of the self-doubts they experience. Here’s the “Aha” moment I had after these interviews. Self-confidence is not the absence of self-doubt. Self-confidence is our willingness to be present despite our self-doubts. It’s our willingness to show up, to try anyway, and to keep going. Self-confidence is a leadership practice. The Donald Trump “nothing can shake me” self-confidence is just an illusion for most of us. So as a leader, how do we keep going toward our goals in the face of self-doubt? Here’s your personalized five-step self-confidence plan. [continue reading]
Do you have a clear leadership brand? Is the leadership difference you make clearly understood by the people in your organization? How about the people outside of your organization?
If you’re like me during my corporate career, I was fairly heads-down, nose-to-the-grindstone, getting the work done. Here’s what I’ve discovered since then that I’m hoping each of us will be able to apply in our first and second careers – to have more successful and fulfilling life. [continue reading]
If you’re one of thousands of women who sometimes doubt their leadership style, there’s a book you should pick up and read. It doesn’t tell women to change who we are. It reminds us to celebrate who we are. It’s called “The Athena Doctrine – Why Women (and Men who think like them) will Rule the Future”. The book, written by John Gerzema, is based on data from 64,000 people in 25 countries. It demonstrates how feminine values (within both men and women) are exactly what are needed to solve the world’s toughest problems, and make a better future for ourselves and the world. [continue reading]