Lean Back


The Whisper
The tiny little Whisper inside
I made a career out of not listening to it
Until it broke me free

Under the big sky of Montana
Nowhere to hide from the truth
That nobody knew about me
I run a manufacturing plant and I hate it

I am a scientist
An executive
I lean into success
I lead from behind and beside
I am a business woman
At the top of her game

And my Whisper saw something else
She saw me dying
Dying to fit in the boy’s club
Dying to prove my worth
Dying to move the needle
Move faster
Move forward

I couldn’t hear the Whisper that was dying to be heard
Until a quiet moment in the middle of nowhere
Where the Whisper didn’t need to shout to be loud

You are not a business woman
You are not a woman in business
You are a woman whose business
Needs to become
Working in a new way

By Fateme Banishoeib

The Whisper.jpg

An excerpt from her book of poetry called The Whisper

About the author:
Fateme Banishoeib is a strategic leadership consultant for teams and organizations seeking transformational change. Her specialty is creating cultures of innovation and inclusion. She is based in Switzerland and works with clients all over the world. She gives keynote talks on Leadership and Inclusion.
Her book of poetry called The Whisper, charts the journey of leadership of self before the leadership of others. 

Fateme's video introduction to her business ReNew Business: