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5 Strategies To Become A Successful Female Leader

Since the beginning of mankind, the difference between the two sexes has always been highlighted in different manners. If in the past women were extremely disadvantaged compared men, the present time shows us how the inequality between sexes does no longer exist. At least…not in the way it was before.

International woman’s day (8th March) is a great celebration that aims to deliver one important message: women need to be praised and treated the same as men. Moreover, it signifies the continuous need of rebalancing the conditions and rights that women have over the professional and business environment.

During the last several years, women have started to gain much more respect in the business marketplace. There are plenty of women that have made it big into the entrepreneurial world, many women that lead hundreds of men, and many women that are much better and much more skilled than the majority of men.

Now…when we talk about success and leadership, we can never assess these concepts by appealing to the sexes. These are two complex things that require skills and knowledge more than anything else. Of course, women might encounter different and more delicate challenges on their road towards success.

During today’s post, we’re going to take a look at what exactly makes a successful female leader. If you’re a woman looking for some insights that ought to give you inspiration and motivation, you’ve found the right resource.

Let’s get straight to the point.

1. Figure Out What Success Means to You

Man or woman, the path towards success starts with awareness. You need to become aware of what success means to you. Every person has different standards and expectations. For some, success means fortune, power, and legacy.

For others, success means being able to live a decent professional life that comes with the benefits of having more free time to spend with their loved ones.

What YOU need to figure out is your definition of success. No one will be able to help you except yourself. This is a process of self-awareness and is very much linked to your emotional intelligence aptitudes.

Once you become aware of what makes you itch, you’ll have much more control over your life, you’ll be able to feel inspired and motivated, and you’ll never feel lost. That is of course because you’ve already chosen your path and built your roadmap.

2. Be Extremely Confident in Your Mindset and Skills

We all develop our mindsets throughout our lives. Your mindset is basically the mechanism that makes you see the world the way you do right now. Every person has a different mindset and different values.

Great leaders are always confident that their mindset will lead them on the right path. That confidence makes them great persons to be around and to learn from. Moreover, if you’ve already taken the time and you’ve hustled to build your skills, you need to be very proud of yourself – but not in an exaggerated way.

A woman that shows this type of confidence will always make more impact in the workplace. Be aware of the fact that being in a leadership position also makes you a model for the people that are under you.

3. Pay Attention to Your Performance

A good leader is always paying attention to what’s working and what’s not. This doesn’t refer only to the professional environment, but also to the personal performance metrics.

Rachel Sklar is the founder of The Li.st and Change the Ratio, two successful businesses that many men would dream to have. When asked about what makes a great leader, she gave a very good insight:

“I would say that leadership is something that is learned. It can be learned and should be learned. Leadership is something you’re always honing and learning and reflecting to see ways you could have been better at it. Anyone who thinks they’re a natural leader is probably horrible to work with.”

If leadership is learning, then it automatically means that it’ll lead to a lot of failures. Many things will go wrong, and many decisions might not be the most appropriate. If you learn how to assess your performance, you’ll be able to slowly create a better overall performance for yourself and your team.

4. Cultivate Relationships, Always

Get out there and start building connections! One of the biggest traits that most successful people have is that they’re very resourceful. That resourcefulness comes from the relationship that they have built throughout time. Every person has a hidden talent that maybe one day will be very useful to your condition and needs.

Don’t think just about you though, as you need to deliver value to the other peer too. A constructive relationship is based on trust and help. You get the chance to help others become the best version of themselves by giving powerful advice and maybe even some of your resources.

If you don’t really enjoy doing this, then maybe leadership isn’t for you. The simple fact that you’re willing to sacrifice more and give more to others shows a strong indicator that you might just have what it takes. The only thing that’s left until you become a successful leader and not just a leader: lots of work, many fails, patience, and persistence.

5. Listen, Listen, Listen

Emily Shane, founder of SuperiorPapers has a very strong advice for all the women that are struggling to be successful at work:

“Being a woman and a leader of a group of men all in the same time is always difficult. In order to make it easier, I always sit back and listen. I carefully listen what everyone has to say. I listen to their problems, I listen to their joys, and I listen to everything they want me to listen. In the end, I come up with calculated responses based on what I’ve actually listened.”

As a matter of fact, she is extremely right about everything she said! You’d be surprised how hard listening actually is when you do it right. Most people aren’t really listening. They either judge internally, either develop self-talks, or they simply ignore the speaker because they’re too focused on their own issues.

Leadership never works this way. If you’re not able to listen to your colleagues and subalterns, your efficiency will never shine. A great communication between the employee and the higher rank is always necessary in order to ensure a productive environment and effective results for your company.

Takeaways

Success is not about results. It’s all about the journey. Becoming the best version of yourself will allow you to overstep your most daunting limitations and create a better future for yourself. You’ll be able to seize great opportunities, and eventually, enjoy a lifestyle that’s full of fulfillment.

Once you are able to show lots of aptitudes and skills, the fact that you’re a woman will only make you shine more. Yes, women that are great leaders are always better viewed than men that do the same thing. So never discourage yourself, and always do your best to do more and better!

Author Bio:

Joan Selby is a former ESL teacher and a content marketer at BestEssays. She also runs her own blog about social media and writing tips. Joan is a Creative Writing graduate and fancy shoe lover. A writer by day and reader by night, giving creative touch to everything. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook

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5 Essential Factors Women Lack That Sabotage Their Success

If women have such excellent leadership abilities, then why aren’t more women in leadership positions? This is because the unique challenges of women in leadership are not always easy to overcome.

Here are the 5 essential factors that women need to succeed as leaders.

Challenges Of Women In Leadership

 

1. Self-Esteem

This is simple enough to understand. In a world where women are encouraged to follow feminine pursuits and treated as less capable than men, lack of self-esteem is almost an epidemic in women.

“Women systematically underestimate their own abilities,” says Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg in her TED Talk.  “Men attribute their success to themselves while women attribute it to other factors.”

Even high-achieving women lack self-esteem in one or more areas of their lives. This belief about oneself causes us to self-sabotage at crucial points in our lives, resulting in lost opportunities, abandoned plans and underachievement.

2. Self-Worth

Self-worth is the belief that you deserve the best that life has to offer. Many cultures teach women that it is virtuous to be self-sacrificing and give up our own needs to support the needs of our spouses and children.

Our lack of self-worth shows up in many ways – in how we abuse our bodies, allow our needs to be undermined and ultimately, in giving up the choice of having the career or business of our dreams.

3. Assertiveness

A woman’s lack of assertiveness comes from being brought up to be “nice” and “non-argumentative.” We teach our daughters that it is inappropriate to speak their minds or ask for what they need.

“Women do not negotiate for themselves in the workforce,” says Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg. This makes it hard for women to ask for a raise or a promotion when she starts a career, and makes her reluctant to ask for bigger fees or charge higher prices in her business.

4. Mentors

No one can grow in business or a career without having mentors or role models. The “old boys club” ensures that men get the mentorship they need in and out of the boardroom.

For women, however, the lack of strong female role models and women in leadership positions makes it much harder for them to get the guidance, coaching and mentorship they need within the organization.

5. Support

Although women are earning high salaries, many of them are still expected to manage the roles of wife, mother, cook and maid when they get home. Few spouses or families are supportive of their need to work long hours or travel on business.

“Women do three times the amount of childcare than men. As a society, we put more pressure on our boys to succeed than our girls,” says Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg.

The lack of support at home results in many women giving up their aspirations to grow in their careers, forcing them to underachieve and pass on promotions and raises.

This article is taken from the report “Women In Leadership: Feminine Leadership Traits That Will Help You Shine In A New World”. Download this free, exclusive report on women in leadership and learn what feminine traits will give you an advantage in your career and business in a new world.

© Priya Florence Shah

Leading Indian Business Women Confirm Participation At The Women In Leadership Forum In Mumbai This October 2011

Mumbai, July 25th 2011 – Leading business information group, naseba, has announced dates for the Indian edition of their global Women in Leadership (WIL) Series. It is returning to the country’s financial capital on October 13th – 14th 2011, and is being held at the JW Marriott in Mumbai.

WIL is a cutting-edge platform for businesswomen from all backgrounds, industry sectors and countries around the world. Amongst the delegates in attendance will be top Indian and global businesswomen, industry visionaries, leading politicians, knowledge thought leaders and entrepreneurs.

Women's conference

According to US corporate law firm Dickstein Shapiro: “Companies that increase the number of women in leadership roles have a competitive advantage. Compared with the median companies in their industries, organisations with a higher number of women executives performed better with respect to profits as a percentage of revenue, by a range of 18 to 69 percent.”

In line with the theme for this year’s conference: “My career – a cornerstone of my identity” – renowned personalities have been confirmed as speakers for the two days. These include: Naina Lal Kidwai, Group General Manager and Country Head, HSBC India; Sangita Singh, Senior Vice President, Wipro Technologies; Vibha Pinglé, President and Founder, Ubuntu at Work; Shahnaz Husain, Chairperson, Shahnaz Husain Group of Companies, and Marsha Gabriel, CSI Advisor and CEO, The Helping Hand Network /CSI Congress, South Africa.

Over the past few decades, women’s roles and their development in India have experienced tremendous change. They are venturing way beyond the traditional responsibilities of wife and mother, as a career is now an integral part of a woman’s identity.

The 2nd Annual Women in Leadership Forum India provides a suitable networking platform for businesswomen from across India and abroad, where they can discuss and celebrate their important role in today’s competitive society,” said Sophie Le Ray, CEO of naseba.

Official partners confirming their participation so far are Monster India, Radio City, Femina, Naree.com and Business Wire India.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” enthused Priya Florence Shah, Editor of Naaree.com and a successful internet publisher. “I completely support this event and believe it is high time India’s women achievers had a platform of their own. We enthusiastically invite all businesswomen in India to be part of this.”

The forum culminates with the prestigious WIL Achievement Awards in partnership with Monster India. The ceremony recognises the achievements of prominent businesswomen and gender diverse organisations.

Media Contacts:

Mitha Ittycheriah, Marketing Manager

Email: mithai@naseba.com; Tel: 080 3022 2017

Event Details:

Venue: JW Marriott, Mumbai, India

Date: October 13th – 14th

Log on to www.wilforumindia.com to register

About NASEBA

naseba produces, promotes and hosts business summits, professional training courses and business exhibitions targeting executive level attendees across multiple industries. Each event is focused on re-education, networking and creating a deal-flow platform for all participating organisations. Whether it is raising capital, expanding to a new market, vendor sales contracts or sourcing a strategic partner, naseba facilitates and supports clients’ business development.

Our team of experts conducts extensive research in conjunction with recognised thought leaders to ensure that all events are relevant, timely and at the forefront of market and industry trends.

naseba collaborates with leading media, industry and local authorities, such as International Data Corporation (IDC), International Business Consultancy Group (IBCG), Saudi Trading and Resources Co. Ltd. (STAR Group Holdings), HIL International Lawyers & Advisers (HIL), International Herald Tribune, CNBC Arabia, Zawya, Council of Saudi Chambers, Asharqia Chamber, Abu Dhabi Health Authority, Ministry of Health – UAE, Ministry of Economy – UAE, Ministry of Environment and Water – UAE, Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning – Qatar, Privatization and Investment Board (PIB) – Libya, Principality of Monaco, Singapore Tourism Board, Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad, Department of Civil Aviation – Malaysia and many others.

Since its inception in France in 2002, naseba has organised over 400 events and played host to 58,000 executive delegates globally. Operating from four strategically located offices, naseba has on-the-ground presence in Monaco, Cairo, Riyadh, Dubai, Bangalore and Kuala Lumpur.

For more information on naseba, please visit www.naseba.com

Naaree.com Chosen As Official Media Partner For The 2nd Annual Women in Leadership Forum India 2011

PUNE, July 18, 2011: Naaree.com, the top online magazine for women in India with a focus on career and business issues, has been chosen as an official media partner for the 2nd Annual Women In Leadership Forum to be held in Mumbai from October 13-14, 2011.

The Women In Leadership event is the brainchild of NASEBA, which produces, promotes and hosts business summits, professional training courses and business exhibitions the world over. WIL has been successfully groomed into a cutting-edge platform for businesswomen from all backgrounds, industry sectors and locations around the world.

Naaree logo“The purpose of this event is to provide a suitable meeting-ground and networking platform for businesswomen from across India and abroad to discuss and celebrate their important role in today’s competitive society,” says Mitha Ittycheriah, Marketing Manager at NASEBA.

The 2nd Annual Women In Leadership Forum will provide yet another opportunity for the stalwarts and rising stars of India’s businesswomen cadre to exchange information, create new business connections and make the most of the vast field of opportunity before them today.

The event will culminate with the prestigious Women in Leadership Achievement Awards, which recognise the achievements of prominent businesswomen and gender diverse organizations.

Among the confirmed speakers for the 2nd Annual Women in Leadership Forum India 2011 are:

• Naina Lal Kidwai, Group General Manager & Country Head – HSBC India
• Sangita Singh, Senior Vice President – Wipro Technologies, Healthcare, Life sciences and Services
• Marsha Gabriel, CSI Advisor and CEO – The Helping Hand Network /CSI Congress – South Africa
• Vibha Pinglé, President and Founder – Ubuntu at Work (Worldwide)
• Shahnaz Husain, Chairperson, Shahnaz Husain Group of Companies

“We are very excited about this partnership,” states Priya Florence Shah, editor of Naaree.com and a successful Internet publisher since 2001. “I completely support this event and believe it is high time India’s women achievers have a platform of their own. We enthusiastically invite all businesswomen in India to be part of this event.”

EVENT DETAILS:
Venue: JW Marriott, Mumbai, India
Date: October 13th – 14th
Log on to www.wilforumindia.com to register

About NASEBA:
NASEBA produces, promotes and hosts business summits, professional training courses and business exhibitions targeting executive level attendees across multiple vertical industries. Each event is focused on re-education, networking and creating a ‘deal-flow’ platform for all participating organisations. NASEBA works in partnership with leading media, industry and local authorities such as Since its inception in France in 2002, naseba has organised over 350 events and played host to 52,000 executive delegates globally.

About NAAREE.COM
NAAREE.COM is an online magazine for career and business women in India. It aims to help the new Indian woman get in touch with her own needs, and achieve balance and harmony in all areas of her life. NAAREE.COM offers resources and information for Indian women to empower themselves, connect with other women, experience their feminine power and nurture themselves, in body, mind and spirit. It empowers the Indian woman to be proud of who she is and become a force for change in the world.

Sonia Gandhi, Indian political leader

Women Leaders In India: The Role Of Indian Women In Politics

India has had a woman Prime Minister, and a woman President, and women are entering politics in great numbers. But for Indian women looking for a career in politics the future is not that bright.

The participation of women in politics is not a new concept in India. The struggle for independence has seen many women revolutionaries playing an important role. The Freedom Movement led many women into the foray of politics and many of them made great sacrifices for the nation.

With the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, Indian women got an equal share in the political administration of India.

They are not only part of local and state administration, but are coming forward to participate in national politics as well. They have achieved a very significant role in the Parliament as well.

But when we look at the actual statistics of the Indian woman’s participation in politics, a bitter truth emerges about the world’s largest democracy – that women are always underrepresented during elections and in party structures.

India is in the lowest quartile as far as the number of women in Parliament is concerned. According to the comparative data by an international organization, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, India ranks 99 in the world for women representation in Parliament.

At present, India has just 59 women members out of 545 members in the Lok Sabha, (lower house). In the Rajya Sabha (the upper house), there are only 21 female MPs out of the 233 members.

India lags behind other Asian countries, such as Pakistan, China, and Bangladesh. Even African countries, such as Rawanda and Mozambique have more representation with 56.7% and 34.8%.

In comparison to the national scenario, the Panchayati Raj, the fundamental of rural government, has brought in many more women leaders and participants. States like Karnataka had made women part of rural politics way before the Constitution made it mandatory. Other states, such as Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand have crossed 50 per cent seats in the panchayat for women.

The primary reason why women have not been able to play a significant role at the national level in Indian politics is because of dynastic rule. Women politicians struggle to find a better position in their party hierarchies.

It is interesting that Indian women leaders attained a clear leadership position only after they set up their own parties (Mayawati, Jayalalitha, Mamata Banerjee) and through the support of their husband or family or dynasty rule (Sonia Gandhi, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Mehbooba Mufti, Shiela Dixit, Rabri Devi).

Another major problem faced by Indian women in politics in is implicit acceptance by the party rank, especially by males. The irony we face is that political parties create a hullabaloo over increasing the participation of women to 33 per cent by making reservations for them. But when it comes to giving election tickets to women leaders, they are rarely the first choice.

The problem that women in Indian politics face is that even if reservations are made for women politicians, they are not included in party policies. That fact defeats the entire exercise of creating reservations for women.

The country’s ruling Congress party is led by a woman leader and has been pushing hard for reservation for women. But the Congress party itself does not include more than 10 per cent of women members. The situation of women in Indian politics will not improve till we have made significant changes in the mindset and ideology of the Indian people.

© Naaree.com

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