Dion Johnson Mastering the art of Showing Up for real! Hello, I’m ugly! Imagine meeting your new boss for the first time. Imagine she introduces herself to you in this way. What would you think? What would you say? Wouldn’t that be shocking? It’s just not something we would say is it? But what if she thought it was true? Women all over the world, women like you and me, from any and every background, are showing up to work and life with broken self perceptions. We secretly and often unconsciously think so negatively about who we are. We identify ourselves with our inadequacies, our flaws, our mistakes, circumstances and past situations. Everyday, consciously or unconsciously, we need to suppress, depress, hide and disconnect from those very real thoughts and beliefs so we can show up and get on with our day, our work and our busy lives. We wear masks I have always been about supporting women professionally. Throughout my career, first as a senior midwife and leader in the National Health Service, then as a senior leader in Local Government and now as Founder and Chief of ‘Woman Leader Global’ the Women’s Leadership and Self Development Agency. I have had the amazing privilege of being with women at some of the most vulnerable and challenging times of their lives, so I’ve learned a lot about what happens “behind the mask”. I too have had to wake up to my own brokenness, my own life behind the mask, my own need to show up at work and in life as the real me.     My story I was born with a prominent congenital facial disfigurement and spent much of [...]

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