The empowerment of women across the world
is one of the most remarkable revolutions over the decades. As women, we face
unique challenges as leaders, whether we work in the corporate world or as a
business owner. There seems to be a large gap between female leaders who too
easily sacrifice authority, and iron-fisted women who never budge once their
minds are made up. Unfortunately, neither approach is effective in a
long-term leadership position.
Women may face unique challenges in
developing a leadership style. Some struggle with managing others while
maintaining a “good girl” image. They don’t want to be ignored, but they don’t
want to be seen as too pushy, either. It’s a balance to find a style that’s
effective and feels like a good fit. Below are just four of the many
guidelines we hope you can use to help you find your leadership style:
Boldness is an essential for leading. To grab the
attention of your bosses, you need to chew glass and confidently make your
point not showing a hint of self-doubt. Have a strong and authentic
personality, courage fueled by a high level of integrity and a dose of good
judgment. This should give you the confidence to stand out.
Take those challenges, dare to take
risks and don’t mind making mistakes! At the end of the day, you will learn
from them and become an expert in your profession and a better you.
Know Your Strengths
Get to know your signature leadership style
inside-out. Be aware of what you’re good at, and consciously play to your
natural strengths as much as possible.
Ask a few of your colleagues what they
consider to be the strengths of your leadership style.
Stretch Your Leadership Style
Alongside playing to your strengths, actively work
to stretch into the leadership style you find more difficult.
Most successful leaders can draw on and integrate all leadership styles,
dependent on the situation. One size definitely does not fit all.
Combining your team’s leadership strengths
with yours, will create a more productive work environment. The best leaders
are not well rounded…but the best teams are.
your leadership style stretch areas, and find ways to authentically
integrate them with your natural style. Review the various strengths in your
team or company. Who on your team has strengths that particularly complement
your own leadership style, and how could you use these better?
Be True to Yourself
If you’re not being genuine, people will see right
through you. Genuine passion creates trust with the people around you and
builds connections. Integrity, authenticity and walking your talk are the
foundations to building great internal and external relationships.
The most valuable thing you have to offer
is yourself. Whatever your leadership style is, it is uniquely yours. Own it,
have confidence in it, trust that it’s not about becoming something completely
“If your actions create a legacy that
inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you
are an excellent leader.”
We want to take the time to acknowledge
every single woman in the world. Thank you for being a motivation to the rest
of us who is still trying to find our feet in the workforce, you are truly an
Happy Women’s Day.
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