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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Four Key Qualities A Leading Lady Needs To Have


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What do all the women killing it in business have in common? We often look at the leading ladies in business in awe, wondering how they manage to do it all. But the fact they’re making waves in leadership positions that are still largely Male dominated isn’t down to some magical system of day planning, or even the CVs they’ve worked so hard to build - instead, it boils down to a simple set of personality traits they have in common. The good news? These traits can be learned and adapted to your small business today. Here’s how..

They Ask For Help

Far from thinking they can do it all solo, successful female entrepreneurs know that they’re only as good as their support networks- so they invest time in building the best ones and maintaining them. It may not be fashionable to admit that you have help from a cleaner or a nanny, or need to find the best business line of credit but having reliable professionals to take care of the home and children, and reliable contacts to keep your business ticking over is a must if you're building empires. Keeping their careers on track is a priority that they work towards enabling - even if that means that most or all of their salary goes on paying the child care in the short term. They know the long term gains from keeping their business trajectory going will outweigh the costs. This path isn’t for everyone, but it certainly works.

They Create The Right Workplace Culture

Leaders get the privilege and the challenge of setting the agenda when it comes to company culture, and great female bosses take the opportunity to create a culture that works for them. If they lead their own business the company values they introduce will set the tone for this, but if they are climbing the corporate ladder in a company, they’ll take care to do their homework and pick somewhere that is a cultural fit with their values - this is often overlooked, but can do wonders for your progression. The salary, the title and every other aspect should be a consideration that comes after the culture, because if your passions and personal values aren’t reflected, you’ll never truly love working there.

They Make Their Own Opportunities

How many people do you know that waste the potential waiting for that big break? The best female leaders didn’t wait in the shadows for their talent to be recognised - they created their own opportunities and moments to shine. There’s nothing unfeminine about claiming the credit for your hard-won achievements, so find a way to overcome that inner voice of doubt and be openly proud of your wins in life. Learn the art of communicating success to others in a positive way. You are your own best PR, and if you want higher-ups to take notice, you must overcome any reserve you have and get that message across.

They Know Themselves

It may sound trite, but truly having a clear-sighted awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses is the bedrock of success for female leaders. Make seeking out feedback an ongoing process in your career - both from those above and below. Learn how to take on board criticism and profit from it without getting tied up in emotional responses. Seek out mentors who impress you and ask openly for their guidance- most will be happy to help and you may identify an invaluable source of advice and support.