Five minutes with Wendy Luhabe

By Drum Digital
13 August 2014

My challenge is that I do not have enough time to do all the things I would like to do.

  1. What challenges do you face as a woman in leadership and how do you overcome them?

My challenge is that I do not have enough time to do all the things I would like to do, to mentor all the young people that need guidance and to share my experience with generations behind me to be able to make better choices and be pro-active in their decisions.  The world needs many women leaders to step into their power and authority to contribute towards building a responsible and thriving society, to restore the moral intelligence of institutions and to put values back at the centre of the family.

  1. As a mother, wife, business woman, and grandmother how do you handle the balancing act?

Life requires us to prioritise and use our time for what is important and meaningful.  I have mastered the art of saying “NO” over the years to make sure I am able to allocate time to all the important areas of my life.  Off course I’m fortunate because I am self employed, my time is my own.  It’s not the same for women who are employed and have demanding jobs.  Even in those circumstances, I believe women must arrange their time in a way that enables them to spend quality time, particularly with their children.  This has never been more important than it is now and for our generation.

  1. What advice would you like to give young women who see you as a role model?

They must release the past, women carry far too much emotional burdens which impact on our ability to be effective, to show up and to give ourselves permission to contribute to the world.  We worry about what people think about us constantly, who cares?  It only matters what God thinks.  It is in releasing all of these burdens, expectations and assumptions that we find our power and authority to be who we are capable of .

  1. What is your opinion on business and how women have evolved in their roles over the years?

Women get in their own way, they still allow circumstances to determine how far they go in life.  Gender policies can only open doors for us to go through, we must make sure we have a place at the table by being ourselves and not trying to be someone else.  The world acknowledges us when we step into our role and what we have been called to do.  We all have unique assignments that can only be fulfilled by us and no one else.  It is when we do that providence steps in to support us and God’s plans for our life are realized.

  1. What is your dream for yourself and women in general moving forward?

My dream is for women to be financially independent, to be strong enough to make choices that serve their needs, to be vulnerable enough to share their stories, to ask for help, to support other women and to only please God, not human beings.  We need to learn to walk away when circumstances to not suite us, to say “NO” and to learn from our failures, use them as stepping stones into the next chapter of our life.

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