I really enjoyed reading Carly Fiorina’s book this August, having been greatly inspired by her contribution to this year’s Leadership Summit. She seems amazingly realistic and unrancorous about the high hurdles she has surmounted, and sometimes collided with. Her story so far is a worked example of the need for two qualities in the best leaders — humility (encompassing both radical realism and freedom from distorting self-regard) and determination (never to give up or let things get to you). I also sensed in her a great awareness of her personal priorities and the value of life in the broadest sense, to keep things in proportion.
When people have stereotypes of what you can’t do, show them what you can do. When they have stereotypes of what you won’t do, show them what you will do. Every time you resist someone else’s smaller notion of who you really are, you test your courage and your endurance. Each time you endure, and stay true to yourself, you become stronger and better.