I was first exposed to this phrase while mentoring with the local Atlanta PMI chapter. Ironically, it was the mentee who provided the insight to me. She had received the advice from an encounter with a previous associate. My mentee and I chatted about the meaning of the phrase and the importance as well as the impact it has had on me.
The phrase is often attributed to the Women's movement and women helping women become successful. However, all Leaders should embrace the phrase and look how they are helping others as they advance in their respective careers.
There are many instances where I have observed individuals in positions of authority who lack leadership skills. These individuals may have advanced due to subject matter knowledge, relationships formed over time or perhaps good ole hard work. But, along the way they didn't get proper Leadership training. They hold authority, but aren't leaders.