Dr. Stephanie Ahlfeldt, associate dean of the college, told a sold-out audience that leadership and potential start with understanding who you are.
She spoke at a Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce women’s event focusing on how women need to empower themselves.
“In some situations, we are the ones holding ourselves back,” she said. “We think there is too much of a risk. Our first step for crucial conversations is we need to get out of our own way. ”
Ahlfeldt referenced the New York Times bestseller “Crucial Conversations,” as well as other well-known titles that help people look inward for answers to their leadership potential and tackle tough topics. Referencing Dr. Brené Brown’s “Daring Greatly,” Ahlfeldt noted that leadership is a great dare in which you need to call upon your values and align those values with your voice.
After having the attendees think through some root questions, Ahlfeldt told the group to think about what stage of a specific issue they were in.
“Are you moaning or moving?” she asked. “Leaders move.”