Many women need a specific kind of guidance to become stronger leaders. We are experts in women’s leadership and help professional women to learn how to develop their capabilities and effectiveness, to feel successful and have a greater impact in their work, their communities and the world. How can you become a stronger woman leader?
We can help. Today, we share with you 5 tips to increase your effectiveness as a woman leader in this short video.
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5 TIPS TO INCREASE YOUR EFFECTIVENESS
#1: Start getting clear about what you really want and then put together a plan to get there. One step at a time. Even if your goal or your dream is a really big one just taking one or two steps is really all you need to do at any given time. Sometimes your momentum looks small but as long as you’re heading in the right direction it’s all good. Even if it’s fuzzy, or not super clear, or daunting, what is the one step you can take for now to get a little more clarity?
#2: Start surrounding yourself with extreme support. We’re not meant to do it alone. We are meant to ask for help. It doesn’t mean we’re weak, or we can’t figure stuff out, or that we’re whiny or incompetent. Everybody needs support in order to do the things that are really big in their lives. Put a rocking awesome support system in place for yourself. The people that challenge you, the people that love you unconditionally, the people that will support you no matter what you’re up to, having that close group of support is invaluable. Extreme support is something I talk about in my book, Your Next Bold Move in chapter six. Having a support system is just priceless for accomplishing and feeling good about yourself.
#3: Start picking your battles. Pick your battles well. You don’t have to go to the wall over every point. What’s most important and what’s aligned with what you care about so you don’t give in on those points but not every point.
#4: Start saying no. Many of us, we want to be pleasers, and make everybody happy, and we don’t want to disappoint, and some of us don’t like conflict. Too many of us say yes when really the answer should be no, or not now or let me think about it and get back to you. It’s important to be clear about when to say yes and when to say no.It could be just a no with no explanation because I don’t need to give you an explanation. No thank you. No, I decline. But how many times do we say no and then we add, “But I can’t because…,” and then we go to the excuses and then we start showing up disempowered as a whiner. Sometimes no is just a perfectly complete sentence.
#5: Start speaking up. Don’t be silent. Sometimes we remain silent and we don’t speak up about something that we should and that diminishes whatever we were going to contribute and reduces our power at the table. Even if you don’t have something to say, if you don’t know what to say, you can say, “You know the reason I’ve been quiet is because I want to consider more of what Joe and John said.” This way, you at least you get your voice in the room. So, even if you don’t have a particular point to make you get your voice heard.