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Photo courtesy of Tieshena Davis

Tieshena Davis is the best-selling author of Think Like a Bookpreneur and the founder of Purposely Created Publishing Group, an international award-winning book publishing firm specializing in author branding and development. Davis teaches entrepreneurs how to create books to elevate their business. She’s been featured in The Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Publishers Weekly, Forbes and numerous other media outlets.

Please describe your leadership style. 

My leadership style is participative. I heavily rely on the input and recommendations of my team to make the best decisions for our clients and overall operational functions. Collaboration is essential in progressive environments, so the participation of everyone is not only welcomed but tremendously valued.

Finish the sentence: teamwork is important because …

Results require different strengths and viewpoints that only a diverse team can create. Teamwork is one of the most significant assets to any organization, as it cultivates unity and self-empowerment, resulting in higher performance and personal achievement for everyone.

What social media platforms do you engage with the most?

Facebook and Instagram. Both platforms have been integral throughout my career as an author and entrepreneur, helping to increase my visibility and amplify my influence. I not only get to share valuable content, but I’m also able to socially document the various facets of my personal life and the journey to achieving my professional goals. By sharing this, I hope it inspires my followers and supporters [to] realize that we all are human, and anything is possible with positivity, determination and hustle.

What is a professional achievement you are proud of?

I’m most proud of being the creator and executive producer of the Indie Author Legacy Awards (IALA) where we honor modern impact-centered writers, who serve as unsung heroes within our communities. This annual ceremony was designed to recognize the courage and efforts of authors who use their gift of writing as a tool to develop community empowerment, business ownership and generational wealth-building.

In your opinion, what is the key to success?

I believe there are two key elements: persistence and time management. To achieve success, you must condition your mind to push through difficulties by transforming obstacles into opportunities. With this, you must be conscientious of how you measure and consume time. There [are] only 1,440 minutes in a day and each one counts toward achieving our goals. Never settle and don’t waste time!

Name a woman business leader who inspires you.

Ericka Pittman. Watching her in action is my constant reminder that it’s not about balancing it all, but more importantly knowing how to adjust into multiple roles as a mother, friend, mentor and entrepreneur; and being fully present in each of those moments.

What is a quote/mantra that motivates you?

“I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of not trying.” –Jay Z

When I’m faced with doubt or apprehensions, I utter this quote to give me the mojo to keep going and never give up.

 What does being a BOSS lady mean to you? 

To me being a BOSS is someone who is extremely focused on being focused to consistently drive intentional results. Period.

Nakita Nicci

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