Lynn Lessell, the founder of Itz Why® LLC and IPP Inner Power Partners™ (IPP™), is a remarkable leader with a multifaceted background and an inspiring career journey. Lynn holds certifications in health coaching, mastery of life, hypnotherapy, and is a facilitator of Compassionate Integrity Training. Her training under the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC) coupled with a degree in business management and marketing exemplifies her commitment to personal growth and professional excellence. We at CIO Global, are proud to have Lynn Lessell as one of the Women Leaders of the 21st Century.
Navigating Chronic Stress:
Through her life’s journey, Lynn discovered the insidious nature of chronic stress and how it can become a silent poison that leaves individuals feeling lost within themselves. She has personally experienced the isolation that comes with chronic stress and the belief that there are no other options. However, Lynn’s transformative experience led her to take control of her life, viewing stress as an annoying bug rather than an insurmountable obstacle. Her story is a testament to resilience and serves as an inspiration for those who may be struggling.
Motivation to Lead:
Lynn’s motivation to assume a leadership role in her field stems from a deep-rooted understanding of the debilitating effects of chronic stress, magnified by her experiences as a professional networker during the pandemic. She realized that to create the change she desired, she needed to lead by example. Her vision for leadership involves breaking free from societal expectations and embracing one’s authentic self, all while combatting the productivity-hampering effects of stress.
“When you experience the transformation in yourself and the success that occurs from that, it’s very powerful.” – Lynn Lessell
As a woman leader, Lynn faced the challenge of balancing her roles as a mom and a business owner, often neglecting her well-being in the process. Her journey reflects the universal struggles that many women encounter as they juggle various responsibilities. However, Lynn’s turning point came when she put herself first, recognizing that true control comes from within and the ability to choose one’s path despite challenges.
Lynn emphasizes that balance is achieved by making conscious choices about who you want to be in all areas of life, both professionally and personally. This approach dispels the myth of “work-life balance” and instead focuses on creating a fulfilling life that aligns with one’s goals.
Qualities of a Great Leader:
In Lynn’s view, a great leader is someone who is present for their team, listens to understand their needs, and provides the necessary support for success. This perspective transcends gender and highlights the universal qualities that make a leader exceptional.
Lynn’s approach to diversity and inclusion is rooted in her belief that humans are fundamentally similar, differing mainly in their thought processes. She treats everyone equally, seeing them as she wishes to be seen, making diversity and inclusion a part of her core values rather than a specific strategy.
Lynn acknowledges that criticism and setbacks are challenging but stresses the importance of learning from them. Instead of taking criticism personally, she suggests looking for opportunities for growth and improvement, always believing that choices exist even in the face of adversity.
“It’s not about what you do; it’s about who you are.” – Lynn Lessell
What Lynn is most proud of is her personal and professional journey, which is intertwined. Her success is defined by her ability to build trust and create a supportive, less-stressed environment within the IPP™ community. This approach fosters strong relationships and meaningful connections, making both business and personal growth possible.
Advice for Aspiring Women Leaders:
Lynn’s advice for young women aspiring to become leaders is to prioritize their physical and mental well-being. She emphasizes that only by taking care of themselves can they be the leaders they aspire to be for others.
Lynn remains motivated through the transformation she has experienced and witnessed in herself and her community. The power of personal growth and the impact on others continue to drive her every day.
For Lynn, having the right mentor has been invaluable. Her advice for finding a mentor is to identify areas where you struggle and seek experts in those areas who can ask the tough questions you wouldn’t know to ask yourself. The right mentor holds you accountable for taking action and pushing your boundaries.
Promoting a Healthy Work Environment:
Within the IPP™ community, Lynn encourages a culture of collaboration and celebration, both professionally and personally. The group provides support and helps find the positive side of any situation, fostering a healthier work environment and work-life balance.
“The only way to find others who believe what I believe is to take a risk by putting myself out there and leading by example.” – Lynn Lessell