[January 12, 2020] Over the past few decades, we’ve seen a continuous rise in the percentage of women holding leadership roles. The numbers aren’t equivalent to the number of men in leadership positions, but I believe that we will get there in the near future.
So for all the fabulous women out there that are thinking about taking up leadership roles, I’ve compiled a list of strategies that you can follow to help boost your leadership game.
5 Strategies That Female Leaders Must Follow:
Build Your Credibility
I recently held a survey in a web app development company in Dallas to examine and remove any gender bias and discrimination. One of the questions in the survey was “Which gender has more credibility?”, around 80 percent of the attendees felt that men are perceived to be more credible in the workplace.
For building credibility, you can follow Covey’s four core principles of credibility:
- Always uphold integrity
- Make sure that your intent is mutually beneficial.
- Make sure that you have the talent, attitude, and knowledge to complete the assigned tasks.
- The positive results you deliver are an essential component for developing credibility.
Leverage Your Skills
Women have their own unique skills and talents, however, I’ve noticed that women tend to ignore or downplay their strengths and try to pick up on more masculine skills. As a leader, you should understand and leverage your own unique skills.
For example, instead of cutting in and boldly trying to dominate others, you can come off as someone that is intelligent and courageous
Speak Up and Speak Often
One of my favorite sayings is “The future belongs to those who ask for it today”. So speak up and don’t hesitate to ask for what you want or need. Even if you are not used to speaking up and being assertive, be brave and do it anyway. Learn to be confident and assertive, if you can’t do it on your own, find a mentor and learn from them.
Do Not Be Transactional
Do you know what’s the opposite of transformational leadership? It’s transactional leadership. I’ve mentioned some qualities of transactional leaders below:
- They choose not to get involved with their team.
- They only step in to take charge of situations when problems get severe.
- The only time they engage with their subordinates is when they have to get some work done and order them around.
This type of leadership can be unhealthy for your team members and can be detrimental especially for female bosses. This is why it’s essential that women focus on transformational leadership by showing their strengths as well as empathy.
You are Not Being Bossy
Have you ever noticed that starting from a young age when a girl speaks up and takes charge, they are called bossy? But, when boys behave in the exact same manner, they are called leaders. This is one of the major reasons why women are less likely to pursue leadership roles. Influencer female leaders like Beyoncé are highlighting the fact that there is nothing wrong with voicing your opinions and speaking up. They are making an effort to encourage ambitious girls to speak up and come out of their shells.
I strongly believe that women have a tendency to become incredible bosses and managers. All they have to do is leverage their natural strengths, put them into action and follow the above-mentioned strategies. Consequently, with the world starting to pay attention to women’s rights, now is an excellent time to step forward.