On the 8th of March 2017 we will be celebrating international women’s day (IWD) across the world.  On this day hundreds of organisations celebrate and recognise women’s efforts through a myriad of events.  The colour for this year is purple which symbolises dignity and justice.

The 2017 celebrations are held under the theme  “Be bold for change”.  I love this theme as it galvanises unity in action  aimed at bringing about change.

This reminds me of Mother Teresa’s quote on change – “I alone cannot change the world, but I can still cast a stone across the waters to create ripples.”  This is very bold and is the essence of today’s blog.

We live in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world and this requires leaders who are able to stand for what is right and be responsible so that they can take us on a different trajectory.  It requires boldness and resilience as the least we owe our children is to create a brighter future for them and restore peace and hope.

We need leaders who live on purpose, be responsible and responsive  whilst embracing the change the want to see in the world.  As we celebrate women’s efforts and dare I say – struggles,  this year I have two questions for you:

  • Are you a change agent or your role is to follow or play a wait and see game until others throw a stone to create ripples?
  • What difference are you making in your own life, those around you or the broader society?

In celebration of this year’s IWD I am hosting conversations with 9 phenomenal women who will be sharing their leadership journey including their hopes and dreams.  In addition, they will be sharing their highs and lows and hopefully spur and motivate the rest of us to go out there and be change agents.  For further details please visit my website www.zenandeleadership.com and sign up for the newsletter or simply send an email to buyiswa@zenandeleadership.com.

Finally in honour of the role played by many women across the world let us go out there and play our part in making the world a better place by embracing and being the change that we want to see in the world.

Yeah to being change agents!!!

Pam Yako

Leadership Coach

‘Helping women leaders to be attuned and find their inner goddess’


+27 12 998 7337 or +27 82 550 5225

pam@zenandeleadership.com (should you wish to book your free 45 minutes Skype coaching call)

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