“My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader.”Charo Santos-Concio pens a story fit for the big screen with “My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader.”
Using her personal journey as a country lass turned beauty queen, from award-winning actress to one of the most powerful women in Philippine media, Santos-Concio merges memoir with leadership advice. How does she do this? By relating the stories throughout her life that called for a certain self-awareness, made her realize her failings and imbued her with a sense of purpose.
“My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader” spans Santos-Concio’s childhood up to her retirement as ABS-CBN’s first woman president.
Readers are given a peek into her years as a sheltered doctor’s daughter in Calapan, Mindoro, where her father first taught her how to stand up to thugs; her first brush with high society, wearing a dress painstakingly assembled by her mother; the compromises she had to make—and break— when she entered showbiz; and more personal experiences which gave her invaluable lessons in strength and grace.
Television and movie fans of all kinds will find a treasure trove of information in “My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader.” As one of the few individuals who successfully made the transition from movie actress to producer to television executive (and made the loop to movie actress again), Santos-Concio provides industry anecdotes that are both entertaining and honest.
Part biography, part self-help, book, “My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader” is unique in its take on leadership. Santos-Concio treats the subject with a nurturing tone—a far cry from the aggressive stance that many believe is the defining quality of leadership. Santos-Concio isn’t afraid to admit her fears and foibles, and reassures the reader that there is power during times of uncertainty and self-doubt. While it is a treat to be given a firsthand look at the ins and outs of the lives of celebrities, equal value should be given to the lessons learned during their most vulnerable times.
“My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader” is available at selected National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets for P550. (Story/Photos by: Zeny Orfano-Gonzales)