My life motto: ESTO QUOD AUDES - BE WHAT YOU DARE.
After getting a call one morning that I'd been fired just days after voicing ethical concerns to my superiors, I found myself really thinking about what it means to be a good Leader and Boss. I needed to restore my faith in the employer/employee relationship, particularly in women working for and with other women. My experience made it painfully apparent that, close on the heels of the Me Too Movement, was another sinister and rarely discussed threat in the workplace: women harassing and bullying other women. The Mean Girls are now The Mean Bosses, and even the men are running scared.
While everyone has the responsibility to speak up against bullying, those with a fiduciary responsibility to preserve, protect and defend workplaces must be willing to face this kind of culture and be courageous enough to do whatever it takes to fix it. Should they choose not to, it's high time they are held accountable for allowing workplace abuse to destroy, not only people's careers, but sometimes their lives.
By choosing transparency and focusing on helping others by telling my story and raising awareness, I'm turning a personal and traumatic NEGATIVE into what is becoming a public and very empowering POSITIVE toward change & accountability. My posts about the topics of workplace bullying and toxic workplace cultures have trended on LinkedIn with over 100,000 views . . . & climbing.
After decades of self-learning and personal-development, my goal is to now share my experiences, insights and lessons learned. My mission is to help people who have been targets of workplace bullying and harassment find their voice by leading with transparency about my own experience and writing and sharing empowering material and content on the subject. I'm also writing a book about leadership and what NOT to do if you want to be a respected, effective, admired and emulated Leader and Boss. I am also the founder and owner of The Red Velvet Shoe - a vintage clothing website.
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BE WHAT YOU DARE.
~ Michelle Horlbogen