Even in today’s advance age of technology, there is no doubt that being a woman still has certain limits in a highly patriarchal society. Some business industries and career niches maintain their stance on placing such limitations in their competitive quest. However, such limitations must not put women in the backseat of leadership. Period.
In a highly volatile world, women are being challenged everyday to practice a fierce kind of leadership in the same way men do. This should not be the case as leadership is unique in every individual, more so in different gender orientation. It takes more than brain and brawns to become the best in either professional or entrepreneurial conquests. In what way can women then become every inch a leader that she is? Are there any compelling habits that one should possess to thrive?
While there is no foolproof avenue to become truly effective leaders, there are certain powerful habits that guarantee propelling you to leadership success. Here are 5 of the most notable ones:
Women with unwavering work ethics are known to be highly revered in society. Strong women strongly believe that there is no right way to do a wrong thing and there is no hard way if you do it right. These women leaders stick to the moral way of doing things and do not go around violating good values and principles.
Integrity however, requires strong will power. Sheer determination had always propelled many women of power, particularly those marginalized in society, to succeed in their chosen endeavor. They persist to bend into the mud pit of impossibility. They have a sense of tenacity that makes “no” unacceptable. They defy the odds but do so with honor and honesty. It is best to note though that women leaders who exercise persistence always have contingency plans in place.
There is no such thing as a “walk in the park” to success. It’s a quicksand out there. One moment you are thriving and in a split second, you are spiraling down to oblivion. As a leader, it is of utmost importance to be adaptable. One should be able to perform well on any occasion. Successful women leaders of the past have the ability to morph in whatever situation they are in. This requires due diligence and strength of character—as a guide to never lose who you are deep in the recesses of your soul in your quest for success.
Your creative genius will count a lot when honing your leadership skills. Highly effective women-leaders have the ingenuity or inventiveness to act in dire circumstances effectively. To many entrepreneurs and professionals, this is the habit of making the most out of limited resources. Your knowledge bag will definitely be limited and found wanting over the course of time. Highly successful women never stop in their quest to learn making them more inventive.
Empathy is a woman’s best friend. Women have an integral capacity to offer kindness and consideration. Women-leaders, however, do it in utmost conscientiousness. They do not just offer an excuse or a way out. They hone people that surround them to go beyond their limitations while offering support to those who struggle. Compassion is not about becoming an “enabler” but more of providing a guiding light for others to succeed on their own.
There is one thing that binds all these powerful women-leaders: self-actualization. Women, in their quest, to be break free of the limits set upon them by society at large must have a clear grasp of her full potential through these habits. The key is to never stop learning and to always keep an open mind with convictions made of titanium steel to pave the way for success.