Some basic facts to get your started… Bet you didn’t know that…
- Women accounted for around 40% of the most successful responses to the pandemic
- Women only comprise 39% of global employment
- Women made up 54% of the job losses in 2020
- Women are the vast majority of healthcare workers at the forefront of the fight against Covid
There is no doubt that women make phenomenal leaders. Unfortunately, not many of them are given the opportunity to demonstrate their outstanding leadership skills, with many of being held back from achieving their full potential through a variety of hurdles and challenges. Be it the cultivation of the right corporate environment, creating equal opportunities, equal pay, or career pathway facilitation, to name but a few; the fact remains there are multiple contributing factors and much work needs to be done to enable women at work to achieve their professional goals.
In the meantime, there is room for women to facilitate their own progress, rather than have to wait for the system to comply with their needs. Here are three ways to get yourself on the right track:
SELF-REFLECT TO EVOLVE – CONTINUOUSLY
Understanding yourself and identifying areas where you need to make personal improvements in order to prepare yourself for future responsibilities and success is critical to reaching your professional, leadership, and executive goals. However, the identification process can be complex and therefore training yourself to discern which areas need improvement without judgment is essential. Ideally, what you are doing is learning how to practice self-reflection as a means of both navigating the challenges of corporate environments and making personal and professional achievements. Using these techniques, you’ll be able to grow your leadership skills and enhance your abilities to benefit yourself, your organization, and the individuals who report to you.
DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A HUMAN-CENTERED LEADERSHIP APPROACH
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the corporate landscape has been forever changed and that the value of empathetic leadership has become more fundamental than ever. Applying a human-centered approach will enable you to practice the empathetic leadership that economic changes now demand. Not only will this benefit your organization and its employees, but by growing into a strong, flexible, and empathetic leader (a critical skill that only 40% of leaders possess), you’ll be setting yourself up for long-term success regardless of industry, economic changes, or new chaotic challenges that are thrown your way.
CHOOSE TO TRANSFORM
Regardless of your industry or market standards, even the male-dominated industries always have room for outstanding professionals. Whether it is their skills, mindset or leadership approach, ongoing progress is key, more so now than at any other time in history. So much so that dubbing it “change” is no longer sufficient. It’s about transformation. Radical transformation at that. Anything less and you would be settling. One of the best outcomes you can get is to infuse a learning-based environment where enhanced cooperation to innovate, together prevails.
When combined, these three strategies can help you make that climb up the corporate ladder in a solid and confident manner while enabling you to lead any team towards dramatic success. Whether you work for yourself, manage a small or large team, or run an entire company, learning to be optimize your professional impact and contribution can make you a valuable asset to any team, organization, or even the community around you.