What Professional Women Can Learn From Sofia Vergara About Leadership

Leadership“JAAAY!” If you are a fan of the Emmy award winning show Modern Family, then you are already familiar with actress Sofia Vergara who plays the beautiful and vivacious Gloria. You have also likely seen Vergara’s face on ads for CoverGirl, Diet Pepsi, and State Farm just to name a few.

Vergara isn’t just a pretty face, at least according Debora McLaughlin, CEO of The Renegade Leader Coaching and Consulting Group and author of Running in High Heels: How to Lead with Influence, Impact & Ingenuity.

According to McLaughlin, “Vergara represents a new face in business leadership. Multiple studies have found that personality traits formerly thought of as ‘feminine’ are now seen as preferred leadership features in business.”

Vergara is certainly doing something right. She was listed by Forbes.com as the highest-earning woman in U.S. television in 2012 and has been widely recognized as one of the most influential Latin women in entertainment.

According to McLaughlin, Vergara is “a wildly successful entrepreneur who embraces herself, including her own beauty, her 40s, her health as a thyroid cancer survivor, her previous status as a single mother, her multiple endorsement deals from corporations that reflect her life – and she does it all with swagger.”

McLaughlin goes on to explain that Vergara embodies her personal prescription for success in the workplace:

  • L for Leveraged Leadership: Vergara knows how to work her assets (and not just the physical ones) to communicate powerfully, engage in a deeper level of influence, and build a powerbase of support.
  • E for Engage: Vergara surrounds herself with a powerful team that helps propel her career. This includes working with amazingly talented comedic actors like Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, and Eric Stonestreet in Modern Family.
  • A for Activate: Vergara activates a high-performance lifestyle and projects confidence in her acting and modeling.
  • D for Distinguish: Every actress and successful businesswoman needs to cultivate their own unique brand and to distinguish themselves in the workplace. Vergara certainly has this down!

Even if you aren’t an award-winning actress on one of the most watched shows on television, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a little Sofia Vergara inside of you. When you embrace your own sense of style, commit yourself to hard work, and activate your unique talents, you’ll soar to the top of your field and earn the paycheck you deserve!

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