Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post, addresses attendees at the PBA Business Symposium at Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas. Media mogul Arianna Huffington shared some key business trends and life lessons at the PBA Beauty Forum held during Cosmoprof at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, July 14. The author of 13 books, an entrepreneur and the co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post, Huffington started her talk on Fearless Leadership by revealing her vulnerabilities.
“My accent and my frizzy hair have been the bane of my existence,” Huffington told the beauty professionals, salon and spa owners, distributors and manufacturers who gathered for the early morning breakfast meeting. “All of us, but women in particular, tend to have an obnoxious roommate living in their heads, making them feel self-conscious. In fact, once I told Stephen Colbert, my obnoxious roommate sounded exactly like him and he laughed and said he’d moved in. But over time, I’ve learned to accept myself—to not judge myself.”
Huffington frequently drew her strength through wisdom she gained from her mother. “She used to say, ‘Failure is not the opposite of success—it’s the stepping stone to success.’ When she launched The Huffington Post, a business writer declared it ‘an unequivocal failure’ in a scathing review that Huffington has since memorized. Within a year, that same writer apologized and asked Huffington about an opportunity writing for her news site. “I said yes, because I think the worst thing you can do in business is hold grudges,” she says.
The New Measurement of Success: Huffington believes there is a transition in place in the corporate world. “Now we define success by money and power, but we should be defining it by wellbeing and health,” she says. “There are some very smart leaders who are making terrible decision.” Some of these bad decisions she attributes to stress and lack of sleep. Huffington believes there are shifts occurring in the corporate world.
“Right now in American workplaces, I believe we're experiencing a transition with regard to well-being. An increasing number of employers and employees alike are acknowledging that the current model of success isn't working, and is in fact leading to burnout, stress, decreased productivity, and — an epidemic with personal resonance to me — sleep-deprivation,” Huffington wrote in a blog for the Harvard Business Review. “Fortunately, many employers, in every industry imaginable, are learning to appreciate that the health of employees is directly connected to the health of the bottom line, and making concrete changes.