How does one navigate the ever-competitive workforce? You want to build a name for yourself but are unsure where to start. As a woman, you feel as if people will never make it to that top chief executive position. Well, GREAT news, I am here to guide you towards becoming the influential leader you so rightfully deserve to be. Let’s start with five simple steps. Be sure to continue following this blog as we will branch off and dive into more specific topics regarding professional development and women empowerment.
To gain credibility, you have to start putting yourself into new spaces. Follow others that inspire you, study their story, their tactics, and build from there. Over time, you establish trust, which is crucial to lead others effectively.
Know yourself. Self-awareness is crucial when building your empire. Yes, through your journey, you learn new things about yourself. But if you don’t know who you are and what you stand for, you will come off as fraudulent, thus making it almost impossible to become a leader. Following self-awareness, you must continue to adapt to your environment and come up with innovative ideas to remain relevant. It’s easy for marginalized groups to conform to societal standards. Assimilate into the status quo of “what’s right.” But in doing this, you give up parts of yourself. These parts are what makes you valuable, essential, and an asset to those who may look just like you. Be the mentor you never had.
Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
Stand for something bigger than yourself. You must critically analyze the root of your efforts. What’s your purpose? What impact are you trying to accomplish? Why should people care? This is the difference between short and long term success.
Everything you do should supplement the legacy you are attempting to build for yourself.