By Albert Gibosse | Blue Label Weekly Magazine | Website |
Though the world has evolved a great deal, women still lag in leadership posts in
government and business. Today, only 26 women are in CEO roles at Fortune 500 companies, making up 5.2% of the female population. The stats is actually similar for women CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies, which stands at 5.4%, showing that there is little movement of women making up these high-ranking positions as company leaders.
Women are still faced with a range of challenges that many of their male CEO counterparts don’t have an understanding of and that are preventing many women from achieving their goal of becoming leaders and their ability to get ahead.
Being Treated Equally
Raising your hand as well as speaking up and being heard in meetings are extremely helpful and will catapult you by making you more visible. With equality in the workplace being one of the biggest challenges females currently face, women leaders must go for what they want in their careers and not give up, and hone the essential skills, such as your communication skills, leadership development, and emotional intelligence, in order to secure those opportunities.
Build Support and Alliances
Other than supporting and empowering each other, upholding their basic principles, morals, values and integrity, women also need to ally themselves with reliable male counterparts. More importantly, women must be
humble, show togetherness, passion, excellence and enthusiasm toward laying the foundation for progress through their work.
Moreover, women must build healthy relationships with advocates, create a strong personal brand, establish guidelines before each project, position themselves as experts in their field, and communicate with confidence.
One of the biggest challenges female face, however, is to firmly assert themselves toward facilitating lasting freedom and choices.
With confidence being one of the biggest challenges for females, women need to become comfortable in order to be successful.
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Women must assert themselves and make their presence felt firmly as leaders, as fulfilling certain roles should not be simply to sit at the table. It should also mean speaking confidently, regardless of odds faced. Women leaders fear being ostracized or rejected; however, respect comes when one’s voice is heard. I coach leaders to share their voice and perspective because it can help shape policy, the workforce and perspective.
Women must make bold and propitious moves in government as well as in the workplace. They must be willing to take more risks and prepare themselves to take on more challenging roles. Women must take the bull by the horns and go for what you want and be relentless in their pursuit(s). Equivocation will always be your worst enemy.
Re-Entering The Paid Workforce
Relaunching a career after a long hiatus can often be quite challenging as that also entails rebuilding confidence, constructing or reconstructing a robust network, dusting off old skills or developing new ones, and catching up on technology.
Ask For What You Want and Embrace Your Accomplishment
It’s best to master your clone, get confident in your capacity, and gain respect. Stand confidently and speak on your accomplishments. Women tend to think that they must shrink themselves to seem non-intimidating. Instead, women must gain the confidence and understand that they earned their lawful rights to be in the room, like everyone else. That said, shrinking only delays women’s voice from being heard and taken seriously.
Eradicating the Counter-productive Patterns
The biggest challenge females face is the inability to internalize their accomplishments. Adequately addressing that requires adjusting their locus of control by making accurate assessments of their performance, gathering actionable feedback from other leaders to confirm their strengths, and tackling the Counter-productive Patterns toward developing healthy leadership skills.
Many of the women leaders let themselves paralyzed by their perfectionist tendencies. Countless approaches have worked well to help manage perfectionism. Dealing with this paralysis often involves taking shorter pause(s), such as taking a few deep breaths, short meditation, or longer activities like taking a walk.
Using Authoritative Approaches ThroughTrusting Their Own Voice is Imperative
One recurring theme is consistent in conversations with women leaders: “Who am I to…?” is a virtually inaudible and consistent question that women often ask themselves. Thereby, women must understand that rising to their current title was not by accident. Thus, trusting and using their own voice is imperative.
Reconciling Internal conflicts
Women share the challenge of reconciling an internal conflict between being perceived as a respected leader versus a bossy woman. Professional women can resolve this issue and own the respected leader role by shifting from judgmental to neutral words. This subtle transition positively influences the way a listener digests the message and perceives the speaker’s authority and leadership.
Dealing With Negative Thoughts
Another big challenge that female face is overcome negative thoughts that spring up in their mind to take control of their life. Women need to take control of their thoughts and become consciously aware of them and to either replace them with more positive and encouraging thoughts or to accept them and decide to move forward despite them.
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