3 Things that Make a Woman Successful at Being a Leader

leadership women only Oct 01, 2023

I've been focusing on gender bias at work in Season 3 of the Her Leadership Way podcast. There are so many areas that women stepping into leadership roles are between a rock and a hard place.

So it got me thinking, what makes a woman successful at being a leader with all the expectations and contradictions the world throws at her?

Well, I’ve started a short list. And I hope you’ll help me add to it.

  1. Navigating Perfection vs. Authenticity: Women often feel the need to be extraordinary at everything (because how often were we praised for being ‘good girls’ which can often translate to being ‘perfect’ adults), but trying to be perfect can lead to burnout. Authenticity and showing up as your true self can actually be more compelling than striving for an unattainable ideal. Your team will appreciate your genuine leadership, and it sets an example that perfection is not the end goal, growth is.
  2. Leading Assertively vs. Nurturing Inclusivity: Women are often told they have to be bosses but can't be 'mean'. This is about striking a balance between being assertive and inclusive. A leader can definitely set clear expectations and drive a team toward results, while also creating a space where all voices are heard.
  3. Self-Care vs. Caring for Others: Women are often told they must always be looking out for others while also being career women. The key is understanding that self-care isn’t selfish; it’s necessary for long-term effectiveness and resilience. By taking care of yourself first, you're better equipped to care for others.

It can sometimes feel difficult to navigate leadership as quietly determined career woman. But I think these 3 things can help steer you in the right direction. Add your thoughts in the comments below!

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