Leadership can be quite complicated but it’s one of the main qualities you need if you’re going to be a successful girl boss or boss lady. For women, the workload is always twice and much and the reward a lot of times is half as much as their male counterparts. Everywoman in the workplace irrespective of career path or industry has to fight to break the “glass ceiling”. And they must also fight to be great leaders and break down stereotypes.
More and more women are going into entrepreneurship and rising in corporate leadership and the statistics show it.
As of 2015, over 9.4 million firms in the United States were owned by women. They employed about 7.9 million people and generated over $1.5 trillion in sales. Women-owned firms account for at least 31 percent of the nation’s privately held businesses. They also contribute 12 percent of revenues and 14 percent of employment. In recent years, there has been an overall net increase of 8.3 million new jobs. Large and publicly traded companies have created 9.2 million jobs while smaller, privately held companies have seen an employment decline of 893,000 jobs. Today, 2.9 million U.S. firms are owned by women of color. They generate revenues to the tune of $226 billion and employ 1.4 million employees. Women own one in five businesses worth over $1 million. Additionally, 4.2 percent of women-owned businesses generate $1 million or more in revenues. Read more in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Women Entrepreneurship report
So yeah, women leaders are breaking records left and right and are serving as a great source of inspiration to the younger generation. Maybe you are a young girl who aspires to be a strong female leader someday and you stay inspired by using Patches for Your Bag that have positive reaffirmations like “stay strong” or”girl boss” just keep doing that and someday you will achieve all your goals and even supersede them. Below are some tips on how to be a successful female leader. These tips can be applied in the workplace and other aspects of your life as well
Learn to Say No and Learn When to Say Yes
This is a very important skill to master. Mastering how to say No is vital but also learning how to balance it out is crucial to effective leadership. You must learn how to set boundaries but also know when to cross them. When you are in a leadership role, it's really hard to say "no" especially when you don’t like to disappoint people. But a true leader should know her limits and know when to take time for herself for self-development purposes and to recharge. Spreading yourself too thin by taking on every little task does NOT make you a good leader, it just makes you tired. Delegate to people you trust, prioritize tasks and know when something is just not meant for you. Also, learn to incorporate flexibility so you can say Yes when it’s needed and also know when and how to go the extra mile to achieve certain goals.
Get a Mentor
Hung pointed out that being in charge all the time, being the lookout and sounding board and traffic cop and auditor and visionary and quality control and ultimate buck-stops-here decision maker is exhausting. You can ask mentors and other trusted advisors for their opinions as to how to proceed, but ultimately your decisions are your own. Develop a process for weighing all of your options and the risks and possible benefits, go through it each time, then stick to your guns. Also get a mentor that you respect in different areas of their profession and lives. You might get a mentor who you admire professionally but if you have differing social views it might not always be pleasant especially in this day and age so do your research.
It serves you better to be a transparent leader because your employees are going to see your flaws eventually anyways. If you’re afraid of the people you manage realizing you aren’t perfect, you’re basically afraid of them realizing that you are a human being. Chances are they’re already onto you. Be honest and admit if you make a mistake or you change your mind about a big decision. Don’t blame your subordinates if something that’s your fault goes wrong. This will make them lose respect for you. Every leader shifts course sometimes. Everyone changes his or her mind. When’s the last time you stopped respecting someone senior to you for doing it? Maybe you were annoyed, but being the conscientious employee that you are, you probably just adapted. The more you beat yourself up for backtracking and the more you beat yourself up, in general, the more likely you are to second guess yourself and flip-flop. Acknowledge that occasionally you’re going to change your mind and that’s okay since you’re a reasonable person, you’ll probably have good reasons.
It’s Ok to Delegate
You aren’t supposed to have all of the answers and that’s ok. Learn to delegate tasks and build teams of talented people you can trust. All you’re expected to do is be curious and hardworking in seeking out those answers, and to help those who work for you strategize about the best ways to find them.
Don’t Entertain the Imposter Syndrome
A lot of women experience this when they are out in a position of leadership. They feel like they don’t deserve it or like they are frauds who somehow ended up on top and that it’s only a matter of time until someone discovers that. This is not true. You aren’t going to be “found out.” One way to overcome this is to take out a piece of paper and write down everything you did each day (doesn’t have to be every day). Then write down your major accomplishments in the past year. Then list your top three career achievements overall. Look at that long, long list. You deserve to be right where you are. This fear can also lead you to feel inferior. It can make you respond to an email more slowly, or resist having your team try a new strategy or avoid voicing the out-there but possibly brilliant idea. You must try to overcome this.
Go on out and be a fearless leader because you were made for this.