Get It Together, Queen: 3 Ways In Which Women Can Elevate Leadership Skills

“Women are not assertive enough to lead.” “A woman’s loyalty to family means disloyalty to work.” “Men surpass women in leadership skills,” are still commonly believed expressions, even today.

To think that we still live in a male dominated world of business is preposterous. I mean, really, what are women missing that we seem less competent to take on executive positions?

Nothing.  

Our virtue of gender shouldn’t be defined by cultural biases. Women are just as spirited and intellectual as men are. Unfortunately, women still face gender discrimination around the workplace.

Women should be driven to unapologetically surpass these stereotypes. There’s no reason why we should allow the gender-segmented notion of “not being good enough” control how far we get in our careers.

When it comes to work, women are NOT lucky, but just as deserving and worthy as men. We are entitled to the same equity as our male counterparts in the work force.

I am a firm believer in working hard, even if it goes unnoticed. Rewards can and will always be reaped, and understanding your worth will allow the rest to fall into place.

So how can women assure they are taken seriously and compensated for their hard work?


Let Your Self-Confidence Shine

Believe in yourself. Self-consciousness plus insecurity equals a recipe for disaster. Being successful requires us to bridge the confidence gap.

Do not undermine yourself. Dress professionally and agreeably in the workplace. Get to work on time. Don’t give people anything negative to say about you. Practice your speaking skills. Act positively, think positively. Kill your negative thoughts. Protect your reputation. Perfect your craft. Learn as much as you can. Stand proud and tall.

At the end of the day your only enemy is you, so get to know yourself well and stay cognizant of your thoughts.


Be ready to answer tough questions

First and foremost, don’t jump the gun.

If you want to be a leader, you are going to have to answer tough questions.

After taking on an HR position during college and interviewing a ton of candidates for a finance rotational program, I found that I’d only hired candidates that showed me preparation, as well as answered my questions profoundly with thought.

Before you open your mouth, think about whether what you’re saying adds value to the conversation, or if you are just talking just to talk.

Make sure that you think things through before you make your point. Not being able to answer tough questions thoroughly (never mind quickly – this is not a race) gives colleagues opportunity to think lesser of you.

Queens, while things at work may not fall into place as quickly as we would like them to, but be sure to apply these techniques.

Remember that you are needed and that your position serves an important role to your company.

Remember that there are no limits to what you can accomplish, that you’re confidence and ability to converse effectively will elevate you in due time.

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Vanessa Bautista

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