|May 12, 2014 | By admin|
More and more women are holding leadership positions in government, corporations, non-profit organizations, and many others. Still, women leaders are still few compared to male leaders. Institutional barriers, family life, lack of workplace flexibility, less women are willing to take risks, and lack of female role models are the reasons women give why there are few women CEOs.
If you are a rising woman leader or wanting to become one, here are tips that are relevant to every one:
Look for a role model who holds a senior level position, preferably a few levels higher than you in your organization or in the same field. Once you find her, start building a relationship with her. People learn skills such as leadership styles by observing. If there aren’t many female mentors in the company, you should join professional associations or community organizations to find good role models.
After a meeting at work, ask a feedback on leadership techniques from your mentors. Ask them what behaviors worked and what didn’t. Don’t get discouraged on the things you need to work on but strive to improve and be better next time. Avoid asking feedbacks from subordinates since this will indicate that you are unsure and lack confidence in your role as a leader.
Whatever it is that you love doing, you will not feel it as work. Spending hours on the job will not be a chore and instead, you’ll enjoy every minute of it. When you’re passionate about what you do, you’re really good at it. Your work output will not get unnoticed and this could lead to you to taking in more assignments for the job. Take charge in workplace activities such as in meetings and presentations.
If you want to be a woman leader, dress the part. Everything about you, what you wear, what you say make a statement. Wear clothes that show you mean business and that you’re ready to take on the challenges of being a leader. Be confident when you speak and engage your audience in the conversation.
Women lead busy lives managing the demands of work and family life. When the going gets tough, having a support group is vital to alleviate the stress from the office and home. Having someone to confide in and ask for advice lightens the load when life seems too overwhelming.
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