We want to be the best mothers, partners, professionals. We have high standards we can't always meet. Making time for ourselves is a small choice that has a watershed effect on all other areas of our lives.
Like many successful women I've met, Sandra Peterson, CEO of Bayer CropScience, describes herself as a leader who tries to "inspire an organization to achieve a higher purpose than just making sales and profitability targets."
Sandra Peterson, 52 and a New York City native, has an impressive resume showcasing her wealth of experience running product lines, businesses and entire divisions for the likes of Whirlpool, Nabisco, Merck-Medco and, finally, Bayer.
In a world where a C-suite level woman dressed authentically as herself is derided for having "look-at-me-hair," is it any wonder that so many of us women feel conflicted about standing tall in our authentic selves at work?
"Getting laid off was one of the best things that happened. I was on this train that I just never would have gotten off myself, and I was headed toward health issues of my own. I just never would have stopped."