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How to be Women in Leadership People Want to Follow

All women in leadership want to be one of those leaders that everyone admires and naturally wants to follow. Leaders who inspire, motivate, and engage are the holy grail or businesses, and they are always remembered for all the right reasons.

So how can you be become one of those women in leadership who people want to follow?

  1. Work on your communication

Great leaders don’t bark instructions – they engage, collaborate, and try to foster a culture of open and two-way communication.

Focus on getting your team to be cooperative and encouraging towards each other, reminding everyone that they can talk to you freely.

To make that a practical reality, set a structure as to when people can come and see you – if you have a large team for example. Be clear about when and how you will have an ‘open office’ and always get back to your employees.

Even better, just go and sit within your team so you really do become part of their everyday conversation.

  1. Encourage growth

Great leaders aren’t threatened by the successes of each other – in fact, they welcome the chance to build stronger, better teams. So really encourage your teams to grow on a professional and personal level, empowering them, offering the right support and opportunities, and showing an interest.

  1. Don’t be afraid to fail

Also known as being ready to try new things and taking risks!

If you can show that you’re willing to fail in the name of creativity and innovation, they will also embrace this approach and become far more adept at working in interesting, better ways that solve more problems.

  1. Keep your attitude consistent

There will always be problems and challenges. So, keep an optimistic attitude and share it with others.

Don’t throw around blame or fly off the handle when things go wrong – you’ll kill trust and creativity and stifle that ‘discretionary effort’ completely.

For productivity and performance, stay calm, stay can-do and keep things in perspective.

  1. Manage well

Great leaders are invariably good managers with an eye for detail.

Set clear goals and expectations for your team.

Explain why projects are important and provide the necessary strategic context.

Show how the work of everyone in your team will impact the greater good.

  1. Celebrate success

It’s all too easy to focus on problems and bumps in the road, but great leaders always know to celebrate successes – big and small.

Make a fuss of your star employees and recognise hard work and results alike. Make an effort and they will remember you for it.

  1. Delegate

Great leaders never try to do it all themselves.

Show trust and respect in your teams by delegating, offering your team the chance to step up and develop their own skills that allows you to do your own job more effectively.

Sarah Jones Leadership Coaching and Women in Leadership

I have personally overcome many challenges women face as they progress their careers on the path to becoming women in leadership. With over 25 years working in leadership positions within global organisations, I am ideally placed to coach and prepare women for leadership roles.

If you are a woman, who is an aspiring leader of the future, or an organisation looking to prepare your female employees for roles in leadership, then please contact Sarah who can help you achieve your goals.

How have I helped female leaders before?

Whether in their current, new, or first leadership role, I’ve helped women to find their voice & influence at a senior level, build confidence & resilience, embrace assertiveness as an asset to their role, and build alliances, overcoming any organisational & structural barriers.

Using proven tools & techniques, we will understand & analyse your behaviours at work, and define areas that we can improve upon. I have access to data that outlines the key global leadership traits that count today if you want to be successful and we will develop a plan to build key skills & techniques.

As a woman in leadership, whether new or experienced, you may realise that you need to adapt your mindset and style. Here are just some of the areas I cover – It’s called the ABC’s of women in leadership – Assertiveness, Boldness, Confidence: Owning your leadership journey & embracing your style, and what you offer.

  • Assertiveness training & skills
  • Boldness training & skills
  • Confidence training & skills
  • Finding your voice, and speaking up
  • A dive into ‘alpha female’ & related concerns
  • Building alliances & influence across the organisation
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Analysis of your leadership traits according to global benchmarks
  • Conflict resolution
  • Finding balance & dealing with competing emotions
  • Image, voice, words & body language

Many women have often told me that they find balancing competing emotions around wanting a career & balancing that with family life & parenting, emotionally & practically challenging – don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

Together, we will create & work through a personalised action plan to achieve both your personal & professional goals. To start this process I offer a no-obligation, complimentary and confidential consultation.

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Workplace Leadership - 5 Tips on How to Be a Leader at Work

When you consider the average person spends roughly one-third of their life, or 90,000 hours, at work, it becomes a distinct advantage if you have workplace leadership skills.

If you’re like most people, you probably dislike your job and mainly look forward to weekends, bank holidays and paid holidays.

However, if you’re reading this article seeking knowledge on how to be a leader at work, you’re not like most people. You want to achieve something, and we’re here to help.

Workplace Leadership is a skill that requires a lot of practice, training and experience. A good leader should be able to motivate their team and make them believe in the vision they have for the company. They should also be able to delegate tasks, communicate with stakeholders, and make difficult decisions when necessary.

If you want upper management to notice you and increase your chances of getting promoted, you need to act like a leader. Here our top five tips on workplace leadership.

1. Have Superior Work Ethic

To be considered for a promotion and present yourself as a leader, excellency must be reflected in your work. Just as importantly, you must be consistent.

If you feel driven to move up in your company, you must prove yourself to be an asset. No matter what level you start at, management will take note of a superior work ethic. However, just like in dieting, it only works if you do it reliably.

2. Help Others Succeed

One of the biggest mistakes people make when learning how to be a leader at work is only thinking of themselves. However, companies don’t thrive off of individual actions alone. They require strong teams, and just as importantly, team-oriented workers.

Take the time and effort to help others who may be struggling with their responsibilities. Don’t do their work for them but teach them how to become more efficient. Focus on team performance and output.

3. Practice Self-Awareness and Hold Yourself Accountable

Learning how to be a good leader (at any level), means practising self-awareness. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?

Most people fail to look deep within themselves to identify what’s truly holding them back. You need to hold yourself accountable for your own shortcomings. If you can’t admit a weakness, you’ll never be able to improve it.

4. Be Creative and Innovative

Showing leadership at work can be as simple as offering innovative solutions to the issues affecting the company. Don’t be afraid to think differently than everyone else, especially if a problem continues to repeat itself.

Creative thinking and authenticity are two very important traits management looks for in leaders.

5. Take Control of Your Emotions

Finally, remember that being a leader at work requires emotional discipline. If you want to be seriously considered for a leadership position, you can’t allow yourself to act or react emotionally.

You don’t have to turn off your emotions. However, you must show that you can stay calm in stressful situations, handle constructive criticism, and manage conflicts productively. You can’t do any of these things if you’re operating from a place of emotion.