The recent survey “Women Leaders Breaking Through in Their Careers” revealed that women are transcending the glass ceiling more than ever before.
All you need is confidence, says Carolyn Lawrence, president and CEO of Women of Influence Inc., the company behind the study. Lawrence discusses the survey stats and shares her thoughts on females achieving success.
And the best part about getting there?
Co-gender leadership in the workplace is a new concept being embraced by companies. Men and women have complementary strengths and talents in business and, instead of one gender being in charge, both can have leading roles. The idea is to achieve a balance between each gender's strengths and weaknesses.
Many women looking to advance their careers struggle to balance their potential success in the workplace with their personal lives. As a result, some tend to quit their jobs or abandon their professional goals.
Women often have more difficulty promoting themselves in the workplace than men. Lawrence suggests thinking about how a close friend or relative would describe you: What would they say about you that would impress other people? Use their words to champion yourself until you are ready or comfortable saying them out loud. "Have confidence and know your accomplishments," says Lawrence.
Women have proven that the most powerful skill they can learn is how to lead others in a collaborative manner. "Men have a fight-or-flight tendency and are great for making fast, solo decisions," says Lawrence.
It's important for women who are looking to work their way up the corporate ladder to have a support system. "Having a community of like-minded women is really critical," says Lawrence. "It's important for women to share challenges, barriers and survival tips with each other."
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