Unhealthy leaders engage in more activities than their combined spiritual, physical, and emotional reserves can sustain. They give out for God more than they receive from Him. - Pete Scazzero, The Emotionally Healthy Leader
As women, we know how to get stuff done. For generations, we’ve carried the weight of raising children, maintaining homes, and supporting men. And though we’ve made tremendous strides towards equality in the workplace (and even at home), the mental load of being a woman is immeasurable and unrelenting. We simply cannot do it all, carry it all, be it all. And yet, in an effort to prove our value, we’ve endured more pressure and weight than we can bear. We often fear that any show of vulnerability, weakness, or lack would only validate a woman’s lesser place in the world, undoing years of progress to stake our place.
But what if the gift of being a woman is that we bring a completely different perspective to the table? What if we can actually turn it all on its head? What if our propensity towards intuition propelled us to lead in a new wave of emotionally healthy leadership? A kind of leadership that acknowledges and honors limits. A kind of leadership that cultivates connection through asking for help. A kind of leadership that nourishes the body, mind, and soul through real rest. A kind of leadership that leans into our Imago Dei and practices boundaries, solitude, and delight. What if our role as women isn’t to try to catch up or prove ourselves in the rat race, but rather to display another way – a healthier, more sustainable way. Join us this month as we explore what it looks like to model healthy leadership as a gift we can give to our world today.
Dr. Tabitha Danley is a graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at St. Anthony Family Medicine in Oklahoma City, followed by an OB Fellowship in High Risk and Surgical Obstetrics at University of Washington Family Medicine Program in Spokane, Washington. They moved back to Oklahoma in 2009, where she was faculty and Osteopathic Program Director for 9 years. She still sees patients as well as holding a regional role for SSM Health as Chief Medical Informatics Officer. She and her husband, also a physician, have 3 children and are deeply involved in their church youth group and Sunday School at Mustang Nazarene. They love medical missions and have been involved in this for over 20 years.