Women throughout the world are smashing glass ceilings and demonstrating that they are very effective leaders. While some women have already made it to the top, a good number of them are still wondering if there are practical steps that they can take to become successful businesswomen. One should read about successful women, research in a particular field of interest, and be assertive.
Read About Successful Women
Some women might be tempted to think that there are no great women leaders and assume that they have no chance of becoming one. But if they read books, journals, and articles that present today’s great businesswomen, they will get motivated and inspired. Reading about their backgrounds and career paths will give them an idea how the path to success looks like and what obstacles they might encounter on the way. One of the best sources of interesting and insightful information about women leaders is the web. Another important source is hard copy memoirs or bibliography of both good and bad but successful women.
Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” is a perfect example of one such memoir. Sandberg addresses issues such as the pay inequalities in the workplace, the cause of the low number of women in top leadership positions, and the difficulty of balancing raising a successful family with pursuing career ambitions.
Apart from Sandberg, Hillary Clinton, the Former Secretary of State has been for many years advocating for women’s rights. She has demonstrated that it is possible to compete with men for political positions without fear of anything and perform wonderfully. She is the Democratic front-runner. On August 19, 2015, CNN Polling revealed that she is ahead of a good number of strong presidential candidates. Clinton has emphasized the need to empower women in the United States to participate fully in the local economy.
Another consistent advocate for women’s rights is Susan McGalla, an American businesswoman. She is an executive consultant from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, best known as the Former Chief Executive Officer of West Seal Inc. and Former President of American Eagle Outfitters Inc. She currently sits on the Boards of the Magee-Womens Hospital Research Institute and Foundation, and HFF Inc., a company that that offers commercial real estate services.
Research in a Specific Field of Interest
There surely many women who have succeeded in all fields that one might want to think about. It is important to find women in related fields because they will highlight some practical steps that an individual can take to be successful.
One of the most common and enduring stereotypes about women is that they are too emotional and weak. A woman who dreams of becoming successful in business or any other field must disapprove these stereotypes by conveying confidence through her actions and speech. It is important for a businesswoman to speak confidently and authoritatively and be rational and collected as much as possible when faced with criticism for people to have no reason to doubt her decisions.