What does sisterhood mean in the world of work? Why do we value it? How do we foster it? How do we lift each other up?
All questions that I’ve been pondering lately.
In dentistry we are surrounded by egos and competitiveness. Cliques and the ‘A team’. And for those who reach higher peaks, an unwillingness to share secrets in fear of being superseded.
And the alternative? Sharing advice with the motto that if I lift you up, you lift me up. Serving one other instead of looking for how it benefits you. A whole hearted support of our fellow peers by supporting their ventures big or small.
Sisterhood to me embraces all the elements we need to succeed. Showing love, humility, sharing knowledge and passion is the most magical gift we can share with our peers. And the more we foster it at work or at courses, study groups or conventions, the more we move away from toxic competitiveness.
The photo is of the beautiful Delia Tuttle, who heads the Divas in Dentistry group, at her first women’s convention. What struck me was how energised and inspired I and the other women felt when being introduced to well accomplished yet truly humble Divas. Fun fact: divas in Europe means ‘beautiful women’. A much nicer take on the British/American meaning.
Thank you Delia for creating a beautiful space where women take centre stage. Its no easy feat to create a new direction for a conference, but Delia had a positive vision that celebrates everything great about being a women in dentistry today.