EP309 Margaret Dawson, Women in IT USA Winner and VP, Portfolio Product Marketing at Red Hat

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Margaret Dawson is the Vice President of Portfolio Product Marketing at Red Hat. A 20-year veteran in the tech industry, she was recently the 2018 Women in IT USA winner as well as the Business Role Model of the Year for the United States. With a background on traditional communication, Margaret has led teams of all sizes - from startups to Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and HP.

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Margaret joins me today to share the significance of setting strong boundaries and the relevance of “letting your light shine.” She discusses how she established clear boundaries and expectations in high-performing work environments and shares behind-the-scenes stories of how she balanced the demands of her career and home life. She also shares the role that vulnerability, openness, and honesty play in the trajectory of your career as well as the importance of having different types of support in the development of your leadership skills and the kind of leader that you are going to be.

“The greatest power comes when you fully let your unique light shine.” - Margaret Dawson

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • Her childhood experiences that shaped her character, work ethic, and the leader she ultimately became
  • How to be a more compassionate leader
  • Her definition of “power” and its impact on career success
  • Why it is your responsibility to help the future generation find their light and power
  • Where true confidence comes from
  • How to squash your limiting beliefs
  • Key shifts she made in the course of her career
  • How her Amazon experience changed the trajectory of her career and business perspective
  • How the pivots in her career allowed her to take in a much broader view of leadership, management, and life itself
  • The crucial role that curiosity plays in producing amazing products and companies
  • What “socializing ideas” means and its impact on product creation and the health of the organization
  • How to keep your ego in check as a leader and still use your experience to help others be successful
  • Why boundary setting is very crucial
  • The effect of letting others dictate where your boundaries should be

Margaret Dawson’s Top 3 Success Tips for Women:

  1. Figure out what’s important to you and what you’re passionate about. Let your light shine to everyone.
  2. Be willing to try new things and take on new challenges.
  3. Forgive yourself - and others.

Fierce Leadership Quotes:

  • “Power, to me, is when you are harnessing all the goodness that is YOU.” - Margaret Dawson
  • “The greatest thing you can achieve as you lead is experience with humility.” - Margaret Dawson
  • “You are grounded in who you are so that other people’s perceptions do not change your own perception of who you are or what you do.” - Margaret Dawson

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