Are you a woman in a leadership role? Are you a woman in a male dominated industry? Are you a woman managing other diverse groups? Women in leadership are extremely important for the diversity of our world. Having women in leadership roles creates an opportunity for women to stand out and create a long lasting impression on those around them. This also allows for young girls to grow up admiring those women having a voice.
Women in leadership roles don’t always have it easy, nobody in leadership roles do for that matter. But, there are a few tips and practices for women in leadership roles no matter what industry you may find yourself in.
It’s important to be your true self as a female leader. It can be easy to be intimidated by others, especially if they make you feel less than; however, knowing and understanding your true self will help you show that in your every day life. Embracing your authenticity and not being afraid to have a voice will help you thrive as a woman in a leadership role. You will find others around you will also start becoming their true, authentic self. And there you go — you are now a female leader of change.
Check out my previous blog about authenticity and the importance of being authentic each and every day.
Show yourself and others around you that you aren’t afraid of speaking up for what you believe in. Even if you know those around you won’t agree, you are showing courage by doing it anyway. Being a female leader doesn’t mean you are a follower, it means you are courageous enough to create change and have an impact on those around you.
Showing courage also means exceeding expectations of those who may doubt you. It’s easy for people to consider you as not being capable of your job or trying to take over when they don’t know how truly capable you are. Showing courage is standing up for yourself and your ability to do the job, and do that job well. Check out this blog about dealing with a foolish clients. Many times, you have to show courage to realize that fools aren’t worth your time and effort.
Create a Strong Vision
Have a strong vision that is clear in your mind. Having this vision and aligning this vision with your values will truly help lead you to success. Being a female in a leadership role may be difficult for some, but if you have a strong vision of where you are going, you will be confident in the choices that you make to get to that vision. This also incorporates the idea of being purpose driven, and having the mindset of doing things for a reason – not just doing it to get done.
What have your experiences been as a woman in a leadership role? Or, if you aren’t a woman, what have you seen from female leaders around you that have helped you in your own career? Share your experiences below. Thanks for reading!
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Hi Emma, I absolutely love this post mostly because I think we need more women in leadership and it means a lot this is who you’re catering to in this post. I will never see it from a woman’s eyes the struggles they endure in the workplace and more importantly wouldn’t know where to begin on addressing the issue and its a great thing you are taking it head on.