004: Dispensing the Law With Heart | Wendy Davis | ‘Forgetting to Be Afraid’

By Maya Mathias | Statesmen

Tough cookies have their gentle mentors.

I’m always curious about the story and the journey behind a prominent leader, aren’t you?  I often wonder – who shaped them into the leaders that they are today, what lessons did they learn along the way, and how can we learn those same lessons through the benefit of their hindsight?

When I finally closed the book on Wendy Davis’ 301-page memoir ‘Forgetting to Be Afraid’, the one thing I had not expected was how emotionally compelling her life story is.  Whichever way you may swing politically, you can’t deny that this polarizing Democratic Senator from Texas is a tough cookie and has accomplished amazing things despite a less-than-stellar start in life.

And as I share on the podcast, this isn’t a politically-motivated show.  I choose to feature a book or a guest for the value of their life and leadership story, and I hope you can remain open-minded and open-hearted about their experiences even if their beliefs and values don’t match your own.

In this episode, I follow the path of mentorship & immersion that led trailblazing Wendy Davis to the Texas Senate.  I profile one of Wendy’s professional heroes, Texas District Court Judge Jerry Buchmeyer.   Through the personal stories that Wendy shares about her time as a law clerk for Judge Buchmeyer, I extract 4 important lessons about how to lay down the law to the people you lead…with heart.


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About the Author

Maya Mathias helps her clients lead with the strategic mind of a scientist, the resilient heart of a warrior and the inventive soul of an artist. Read more about Maya here.