Women have made significant strides in the workforce, doors have been opened not just a crack but, in many cases, opened wide as more, and more women move into positions of leadership. Nevertheless, women in leadership roles receive a lot of contradictory advice. We will cut through some of those contradictions to provide clear helpful tips to women in leadership roles.
When a female leader is tough or demanding, the B-word is often used to refer to her. So, this balancing act of being demanding and yet caring at the same time comes into play. Women often meet with pushback if they are demanding or have high standards. Yet when a man does so, he is typically labeled assertive. Sexism definitely plays a part in this and it may be that you simply don’t care how you are perceived. However, good advice is not to take the worst aspects of male leadership in the workplace. Demand results, yes, but also don’t be afraid to show encouragement and support for your team. You’ll achieve more long-term success if you do.
Female leaders have struggled with being recognized as an authority on a topic or in an industry. When sharing their knowledge many times they are faced with being labeled as arrogant. Female leaders shouldn’t be afraid to speak up and share their wisdom and insight which is equally valuable to that of any man. Arrogant or bossy behavior is in the eye of the beholder and there is no need to be shy about sharing your expertise, just make sure it is done in a constructive way without trying to ridicule or belittle others whether male or female.
Women are not encouraged to show off their knowledge or to pat themselves on the back when they have accomplished an achievement.
Of course, no one indeed likes a braggart but there are occasions when one should and must toot one’s own horn to advance up the corporate ladder. When doing this it is always important to think of the whole team and to recognize the contributions of each individual member. Keeping your team unified and working together will help you reach your long-term goals and ensure success.
Many a female leader has been described as ‘cool’ or ‘aloof’ because they kept their distance or remained impersonal as they rose through the ranks. There is nothing wrong with being viewed this way so long as you are also thought of as capable and competent. Just as there is nothing wrong with being seen as nice, friendly, and engaging. These personality attributes are found equally in both men and women. The key is to be effective and efficient on the job. Don’t be afraid to let your true personality shine through so long as it doesn’t interfere with your work. A woman should be perfectly capable of being seen as objective and professional and yet also approachable and accessible.