Monday, March 15, 2010

Leadership Building Blocks

Celebrate Women in Leadership Series
with Dawn McCoy

During the month of March 2010, Dawn McCoy, author of Leadership Building Blocks will highlight great women in leadership during Women’s History Month.

Thank you for allowing me to be a guest blogger today at Simply Said Reading Accessories. Today, in the Celebrate Women in Leadership series, I want to highlight former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. She supported her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and was most famous for serving as an advocate for civil rights and advocate for women’s rights. In that same vein, she worked to enhance the status of working women, although she opposed the Equal Rights Amendment because she believed it would adversely affect women.
Roosevelt was known internationally as a prominent author, speaker, politician, and activist. In the 1940s, Roosevelt was one of the co-founders of Freedom House and supported the formation of the United Nations. Roosevelt chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and some came to call her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.
Roosevelt also chaired the John F. Kennedy administration's committee that prompted a second-wave of feminism establishing the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. She was always reading, willing and able to courageously speak up and be an advocate.

What is so memorable about Eleanor Roosevelt is that she did not allow a title to refrain her from being active. She did not allow circumstance to confine her. She did not allow gender or age to inhibit her from speaking up. She once said that “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Dawn McCoy has written a fresh and timely workbook, on leadership in todays un-certain world. She offers excellent rules and tips to help lay the foundation of building blocks, we need to use to get anywhere we go; as long as it's up. Leadership Building gives great tips and "Priceless Jewels" of advice. Dawn uses real life circumstances with real life solutions. 4****


Dawn McCoy is author of Leadership Building Blocks: An Insider's Guide to Success. As one of the youngest elected African-American elected to the Sacramento City Unified School Board, McCoy shares seven leadership fundamentals in her book. Inspiring readers to be top in their field, Dawn shares her insights based upon twenty years serving as a nonprofit and government executive.

A motivational speaker, coach, and founder of Flourish Leadership Group, a leadership development and communications firm, Dawn is dedicated to transforming ordinary people into extraordinary leaders. In recent years, she has worked with organizations to develop their vision and create phenomenal results. Dawn has worked with hundreds of individuals to help them capture their spirit of leadership and truly become the effective leaders they were meant to be.

Read an excerpt online and visit the tour schedule at

Blog visitors who leave comments OR radio callers with questions for Dawn are eligible to win an autographed copy of Leadership Building Block and a copy of the Effective Community Engagement CD.


Dawn McCoy

Thank you for having me today as a guest blogger at Simply Said Reading Accessories. It's great to help share a brief word about dynamic women leaders in Women's History Month.

Simply Said Reading Accessories

Your welcome Dawn.
I think this would be an awesome for high school and college graduates as a graduation gift. I loved the real talk about real life, and the tips are applicable in many life situations.

Tyora Moody

Debra, thank you for supporting the Women's History Month Blog Tour with Dawn McCoy.

Dawn, loving your featured Women in Leadership series. Thank you for highlighting such a fabulous line-up.

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