Red Heel Day is an annual event held in October to celebrate female leaders and entrepreneurs.
As Leaders in Heels, I’m pretty sure all of us work hard all year! But we women tend to be hard on ourselves. We easily forget all the hard work we put into both work and family life. And we tend to keep quiet about our own achievements because it’s too easily seen as bragging.
So I wanted to create an event that is all about celebrating and promoting our achievements.
Inspired by the LEADERS IN HEELS Manifesto, the event promotes key leadership traits of female leaders: passion, creativity, innovation, determination, confidence and kindness.
The “Red Heel” is a symbol of female power, and Red Heel Month is a movement of people and organizations recognising the power of women and their ability to shake the world.
How you can celebrate Red Heel Day
1 Reflect on your achievements
Throughout Red Heel Day, I encourage you to reflect on your career, business and life and to assess what success means to you so that you live your life on your own terms. Let your past achievements inspire you, and spur you on to bigger and better goals in the year to come!
Use Make Your Mark notebook to reflect on all your milestones in 2015, and to plan your goals and objectives for the following year. The notebook is structured to take you through each of the manifesto traits and inspire you in each area.
2. Share your successes
During the month of October I want to encourage women to get comfortable with sharing their successes.
Remember, if you don’t share your achievements with others, the chances are no one will notice them. Dare to be a Leader in Heels! – Kasia Gospos
The sad truth is women are not comfortable sharing their achievements. A study by KPMG showed that many women, while aspiring to top positions in organisations, didn’t see themselves as leaders. Being able to look back and notice all the amazing things we have accomplished is a key trait of a good leader. So for that reason I wanted to put aside a month for us to share shamelessly our successes and get comfortable promoting ourselves.
3. Inspire and recognize others
Red Heel Day in October is a perfect opportunity to acknowledge someone who has inspired you. The journey we take as female leaders and entrepreneurs can be a long, hard slog. It’s nearly impossible to do on your own, and we know that somewhere out there are the people who encouraged you to think bigger, who encouraged you to do, who shared your failures and celebrated your successes with you.
As part of Red Heel Day movement, I want you to acknowledge those people and let them know just how big a part they have played in your life. Let the world know! And just maybe, you’ll inspire or encourage them in return.
Use #LeadersinHeels and/or #RedHeelDay hashtags when shring your successes and recognizing achievements of other women on social media.