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Women in Leadership – Career Progression and Improvement

Many women in leadership and emerging female leaders find themselves frustrated with their current jobs and wonder if they need a career change.

You might not be frustrated with the job but frustrated because you feel like you’re stuck in place. 

Not for long women in leadership roles! Take a look at these tips below to prioritise career progression and work your way towards the career success that you desire.

Take Stock of Your Situation and Count Your Blessings

Even if you have bigger fish to fry in your life, there are still several blessings around you in your current position, even if they’re hard to find.

For example, while you might hate your current boss, you might be surrounded by amazing co-workers. Even if you don’t make as much money as you think you deserve, you might still have a position that many people would kill to have.

To push forward, you need to address the blessings in your life. They’ll motivate you and show you how far you’ve come. 

If you don’t take the time to be grateful for where you are in your career, you’ll never find happiness.

There are women in leadership out there that are unhappy because they’re blinded by their ambition to have more than the “other guy”.

That’s no way to live life.

Create Long-Term and Short-Term Goals

Perhaps as women in leadership you’ve caught yourself going through the motions lately. You’re becoming numb to the demands of your job and your personal life, feeling like you’re stuck or counting down the days/hours until the weekend.

If that’s the case, then it’s time to set some goals. Remember, there’s a huge difference between goals and dreams. Goals are things that you’re working towards. They provide measurable progress to obtain your dreams. Make sense?

To give yourself a way to track your progress, women in leadership need to set both long-term goals and short-term goals. See below for the difference between the two:

  • Long-Term Goals: Goals that take longer to achieve. Require a collection of short-term goals that actively work towards long-term accomplishments. These typically range in the 3 to 5-year range.
  • Short-Term Goals: Goals that are within your sight. Vary from six-months to 3-years in time range. These are achievable and able to be accomplished with a daily commitment and focus.

Both of these are important to your career progression. They coincide with one another to enhance the probability of achieving all of them.

For example, say you just started as a sales rep for a company. You decide that your long-term goal is to climb your way to the Director of Sales within 5 years from now. 

To achieve that long-term goal, you create short-term goals such as generating £100,000 in revenue your first year, becoming Sales Manager by the end of your second year and having £500,000 in sales by year 4.

As you can see, the short-term goals act as a progressive “ladder” (if you will) to your long-term goal. Suddenly, your long-term goal of becoming a Director of Sales seems far more achievable! 

Are you having trouble coming up with goals? Do you want to have someone holding you accountable to the goals you set? Be sure to work with Sarah-J to become your best!

Don’t Just Gain Knowledge, Apply It

There are some of you out there that have stopped learning. Others of you spend time gaining knowledge for your profession through books, podcasts, and mentors, but never actually apply it to your job.

First off, I want to encourage those of you that have stopped learning (you know who you are!) to pick up a self-help book. It can be on any topic you want. You’ll be shocked at how motivated you become.

Next, for all of you that take the time to gain more knowledge but don’t apply it, I say this to you: what are you waiting for? The world needs your knowledge. Your boss needs your knowledge. Your job needs your knowledge. Your company needs your knowledge.

In order to achieve true career progression, you need to find ways of incorporating your knowledge into your career. Once you do that on a consistent basis, your career will blast off!

Take Frequent Self-Assessments

You look into the physical mirror every day. But when’s the last time that you took a few minutes to assess where you currently stand in your career path?

Now that you’ve started to set short-term and long-term goals, you need to prioritise self-assessment every few days. This will help you evaluate how close you are to achieving those goals. 

If you find that you’re slipping away from your goals, you can right the ship before you veer off course. If women in leadership find they are ahead of schedule, they’ll be more motivated than ever to achieve those goals!

Either way, it’s a win-win situation.

Sarah Jones Leadership Coaching and Women in Leadership

As a former member of the women in leadership fraternity  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, an experienced woman in leadership, or an organisation looking to prepare your female employees for roles in leadership, then please contact me and I will 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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