The Female Leader, What it takes to succeed

Leadership Advice from Women Leaders

women business leadersFrom Cleopatra (Egypt)  to Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), the world has always had great women in leadership positions. It’s sad that women occupy just 4% of CEO spots at Fortune 500 companies, and fewer than one in five corporate board seats is held by a woman.

While women entering the workforce are better educated than men (38% vs. 31% with a 4-year degree), there still remains pay inequality and promotional bias favoring men. The biggest challenge and burden facing women in business is often the extra duty being mom brings to the equation.

Top women business owners and leaders note 9 tips for women in business seeking success:

  • Take Intelligent Risks – “Be open to opportunity and take risks. In fact, take the worst, the messiest, the most challenging assignment you can find, and then take control.” – Angela Braly, CEO of WellPoint
  • Use Mentors & Coaches
  • Get Noticed
  • Perform and be Accountable
  • Build a Strong Network – “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,” former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright once famously said.
  • Don’t Avoid Confrontation
  • Embrace Change – Be Flexible & Nimble
  • Share the Power & the Reward
  • Always be Yourself

Huffington Post President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington:

  • Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t just go out there and climb the ladder of success.
  • Instead, redefine success because the world desperately needs it.
  • Finally, remember that while there will be plenty of signposts along your path directing you to make money and climb up the ladder, there will be almost no signposts reminding you to stay connected to the essence of who you are, to take care of yourself along the way, to reach out to others, to pause to wonder, and to connect to that place from which everything is possible.

Geek Alert! The first computer programmer ever was a woman.Ada Lovelace (1815 – 1852) collaborated with Charles Babbage, the so-called “Father of Computers,” and wrote the world’s first computer coding algorithm.

As a professional business and leadership coach, I help clients improve their skills in each of the 9 areas mentioned above. Give me a call if you want support in developing your leadership skills – (231) 838-2568