"The truer you are to yourself, the greater your gifts will manifest themselves."
-- Tiffany L. Jackson
One of the benefits of working for a training organization is having ready-access to a full library of courses and on-demand products. Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to participate in a live training event in Herndon, VA of Course 3472, Transformational Leadership for Women.
This course far exceeded my expectations, and I left the classroom armed with so many skills and ideas to improve my leadership abilities. Our instructor, Sharon Letovsky, outlined 4 key things that every woman in leadership should do to maximize the impact of their leadership abilities, and I want to share them with you so that you can benefit as well.
1. Know your barriers to overcome them.
After recognizing the challenges that women face, we discussed the impact these barriers can have on our leadership ability and how to overcome.
TO DO: Divide a piece of paper into two columns. On one side, list out all the barriers that you face in the workplace, whether they're external factors (for example, a lack of promotion opportunities or a "boy's club" at the executive level") or internal (like Imposter Syndrome). In the next column, detail out ways you could mitigate these barriers, and think of how you might turn these into opportunities instead of obstacles.
2. Find your leadership style.
We also discussed each of our leadership styles and how we think we are viewed. Often we are harder on ourselves versus how others view us....
TO DO: List 3 of your strengths and 3 areas that you feel may be lacking. Ask a trusted colleague to also list what she feels are your strengths. You may be pleasantly surprised that areas that others feel are strong, you rate yourself as lacking.
3. Know (and embrace) your unique strengths.
Too many times women feel the need to portray a certain skillset to get ahead in the workplace instead of embracing our skills, qualifications, and personality. Women bring a unique set of skills to the workplace that need to be recognized. Hardworking, Smart, Kind, Patient, Supportive, Knowledgeable, Encouraging, Problem Solver....
Unfortunately, we hear "you aren't aggressive enough" or "you are too nice" to advance. Wrong! Celebrate who you are and your contribution to the work place.
TO DO: Write your unique set of skills on a piece of paper in bright fun colors and post where you see it daily. Remind yourself what makes your leadership style so special and what sets you apart from others!
4. Women supporting women = Everyone wins!
By learning to navigate the political landscape, we can team with others in a positive way. Women supporting women is key to our success in life as well as the work place. Always challenging our way of thinking and looking for opportunities to support others. Recognizing not only our own accomplishments but of those around us!
TO DO: Look for one opportunity each day to encourage, coach, motivate, compliment a fellow woman.
I highly recommend this class to all women in a management role or aspiring to develop into a better leader! Want to learn more? Be sure to visit our Transformational Leadership for Women course page and enroll today![:]