On Wednesday, I met Governor Haley. She looked me straight in the eye, shook my hand firmly, greeted each of the panelists to whom I had been speaking, and took a question I had prepared for her.
“We were just about to share the best advice we’ve ever received,” I said. “Would you like to offer some?”
She smiled and there was a slight pause as she gathered her thoughts during which others in the room chuckled awkwardly that I’d put her on the spot.
This couldn’t possibly be the hardest thing anyone has ever asked her.
She said, “I use a 24-hour rule.” Whenever there is a decision to be made, she explained, she gives herself 24 hours to ensure it’s the right one.
“We have talked before about emotion being one of the challenges to women leaders,” I said, indicating the group, my Lean In circle, about forty of whom were in the room.
“But it’s also what makes us great,” she said. “We’re passionate.”
Our Lean In circle is gaining traction.
My co-founders and I bonded over Sheryl Sandberg’s book and we’ve been taking to the stage in Columbia to publicly encourage dialogue about issues facing women in business.