"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." Margaret Thatcher
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died yesterday. The world mourned. No matter our politics.
I have yet to read Sheryl Sandburg's Lean In, but it seems to me that Mrs. Thatcher was in fact a founding member of that society. She was a politican who happened to be a woman, rather than a woman who by chance happened upon politics. Or so it would seem looking back. Granted, what I remember of Thatcher is vague and deeply surrounding the fall of the Soviet Union, but her power and dedication were evident.
Mrs. Thatcher's drive was inspiring and yet, one thing strikes me. Margaret Thatcher did not seem the type to tell us she was leaning in, even if she was. What was important to her were her own convictions, not the look of them from the outside in.
And perhaps that's a vital lesson for women (and all people, while we are at it) who are leaning in - if you must tell the world you are doing it, you probably aren't.