Self-awareness, authenticity and vulnerability

The Lean-in Circle hosted by Old Mutual provided a much-needed platform to women in leadership positions to assist them in their journey to self-actualisation.

01 November 2019 | Business

MARISELLE STOFBERG

On Friday, 25 October Old Mutual held the Women’s Summit Lean-In Circle in Windhoek. Under the theme ‘Self-awareness, Authenticity and Vulnerability’, the attendees had the opportunity to ask the questions they had in regards to these topics and engage in meaningful conversations.

“We want to make a difference where it really matters,” said Mauriza Fredericks, the communications and social responsibility manager at Old Mutual.

Old Mutual has done some research in order to understand the needs women have in areas they want to grow in, the support they need and what topics they feel need discussion.

They then utilised the insights from the research to develop programmes to address these needs. The Lean-In Circles is a specific programme that was designed to offer women in leadership positions the support they need.

The circles are groups of women who meet regularly to learn new skills, network, and encourage each other.

Patricia Oliver, the chief executive officer of the Corporate Segment at Old Mutual, shared the importance of taking care of oneself as part of the journey of the programmes created by Old Mutual.

“We can really talk about women in leadership positions at these events. The theme of our women summit this year was this whole concept of self-actualisation. When we self-actualise, we need to take care of ourselves, because that will allow us to take care of others. As women we need to support one another, and these events allow us to help and support women, because as women we can make a difference in this world.”

Not only did the programme offer the opportunity to ask questions, but provided the attendees with a skilled facilitator to help them address some of the struggles and uncertainties they might have.

Isaki Lungu, a systems thinker and the co-founder of Greenfolk Management Consultancy, a fast-growing company in Namibia with a focus on business strategy, business performance management and systems thinking, acted as the Lean-in facilitator during the event. Lungu encouraged the attendees to try to really come to terms with who they are as a person, and to not be the version of themselves they believe others want to see.

“Being real and being true to yourself is being vulnerable, and to be vulnerable you need to know who you really are,” concluded Lungu.

The next Lean-In Circles will be hosted in February 2020 at the Mutual Towers in Windhoek.

CAPTIONS

Photo 1: Patricia Oliver, the chief executive officer of the Corporate Segment at Old Mutual, spoke at the event about self-actualisation.

Photo 2: Isaki Lungu acted as the Lean-in facilitator during the event.

PHOTOS JUSTICIA SHIPENA

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