It’s no secret that corporate America was originally made with men in mind. Despite the added struggle, stigma, and resistance to females taking on leadership roles, women have been actively breaking barriers. Women continue to prove every day that they are more than capable and there is no slowing down. Setting goals can be the difference between success and failure in the business world, so choosing goals and sticking to them is important– especially if you’re there to make an impact.
Let’s be real, there is still a ridiculous stigma surrounding female leaders in the world. Demanding and unreasonable, the stigma is something that strong female leaders have to overcome and prove that we have every right and more to be in a position of power and influence.
We are paving the way for young women who aspire to be leaders and influence those around them.
There is no room in the corporate world to be ruthless, uncaring, and unrelenting in the pursuit of corporate success. Only bullies and insecure individuals lead in that way and it’s time to bulldoze those people and show up for the people we lead.
Embrace who you are as both a woman and as a leader. Women don’t need to take on the same leadership personalities as men simply to be a good leader. So own who you are as a leader and dig deep to have a clear picture of where you are and where you want to be.
If you are not reflecting daily, you’re missing out. Seek out feedback, advice, criticism, whatever it takes to be the best version of you.
As many female leaders know, it can be a difficult balance to showcase assertiveness while not coming across as “bitchy.” Investing in your leadership skills and setting goals surrounding this can help you learn how to navigate this aspect and make a major impact for years to come.
I cannot tell you how many times I have been pulled aside from a boss or typical male coworker to receive feedback that my approach is a little “strong”. I give the same reply every time, “oh really? I appreciate your feedback, tell me more!” In which almost every single instance it catches them off guard, they have no response and then they start back tracking. Stand up and stand out. Sometimes that means asking for clarity, requesting additional feedback or simply saying thank you– but always stand your ground and stay authentically you.
I welcome you to join our club of like-minded women and set yourself up to take charge in a caring manner while showing up with confidence and a force to be reckoned with.
Stay fierce ladies!