I could share hundreds of tips and ‘to dos’ that would help tomorrow’s corporate leaders achieve success in the workplace. But, in my twenty-three year career, there have been four main principles that have guided me in both my professional life and my personal life. In considering the foundation on which to build your success, I offer these suggestions:

  • HAVE A STRATEGY. It is important to establish parameters for your career path, but be willing to adjust as you go along. Be passionate about what you do and enthusiastic in your approach to work, challenges, and change. Understand where you can make the greatest contribution and stay focused on your goals.
  • NEVER STOP LEARNING. Continually challenge yourself and seek out new information and fresh thinking. Don’t be afraid to take a few risks. With risk comes change, and that can often mean opportunity. But, always be wise and learnfrom your mistakes.
  • ENJOY BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE. Live life with passion—it is a fleeting gift. Make time for your family, for your friends, and for fun. Take care of yourself and take a few minutes each day to just “be.”
  • ALWAYS CARE. Look to inspire those around you. Look at all the good in the world, and try to give some of it back. Giving your time, talent, and treasures almost always gives you something more valuable in return. Make time to volunteer, become a mentor, or sit on the board of your favorite nonprofit organization.

I challenge the women who aspireto be our corporate leaders to adopt these ideas into the foundation of their success ‘playbooks’. May you never stop growing and seeking out opportunities to further your development. May you enjoy a balanced and fulfilling life, not forgetting to take time for you. And, may you find reward in caring for all those sharing in your life journey. I wish you great success!