Women in leadership are ready, resilient and get results.
Advancing to higher and higher positions of responsibility, women who lead are making headway.
Even in the face of strong headwinds, we serve as role models for those who aspire to lead.
We are: Ready, Resilient and Get Results.
As you well know, leadership is not for the faint of heart.
Therefore, anyone who steps up to a leadership position must:
It is true that, regardless of gender, taking on a position of leadership can be a daunting task.
Yet study after study shows there are prevailing stereotypes about women and our ability to lead.
As a result women are pigeonholed (or typecast) into certain roles which are often beneath our capabilities.
We must be prepared to clear the path of these invisible barriers.
If they are not challenged and changed, negative perceptions prevent very capable women from being entrusted with increasing responsibility AND authority.
More often than not women in leadership are the ones to confront and challenge negative stereotypes. It can take a lot of energy.
Therefore, we must be resilient.
Fighting an enemy you can see is one thing. Fighting an enemy you cannot see is altogether different.
More often than not, negative stereotypes are enemies you cannot see.
Because they are invisible they are hard to detect, zapping precious energy that could be better used to get desired (intended) results.
It requires one to be resilient, possessing the capacity to recover quickly, to bounce back; to "take a lickin' and keep on tickin'."
It is the only way to get the type of results expected from the person in your position of leadership.
Women who are ready and resilient bring home the prize: uncommon results.
They know how to:
Not willing to just meet expectations, they expect to EXCEED them because they hold themselves to a very high standard.
In order to burst through and demolish barriers, those that are visible and those that are not, we must:
Doing so helps level the playing field, blazing a path for others who follow in our footsteps.
- Tom Peters