Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership

The need for more women in leadership has never been more critical, and there is a mountain of data to support this.

In the last few decades, there has been a push for greater gender equality with a focus on the need to close the gender pay gap. Whilst good progress has been made there is still a notable disparity of women in leadership roles.

A report by McKinsey & Company found greater gender diversity on the senior executive team corresponded to an improved bottom line. For every 10% increase in gender diversity, earnings before interest and taxes rose by 3.5%.

I’ve helped women reach and then excel in leadership roles for many years. Most recently, I have helped several female leadership get to senior manager & director level in the logistics & supply chain industry.

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

My Background

In my previous career, by the time I was 30, I was the only woman on an all-male Board of a listed company. I was nervous of course, but my innate drive & ambition saw me through, I knew my subject area inside-out, and frankly – I am quite an assertive, dynamic person, who wasn’t about to be talked over.  But the experience was exhausting at times, having to hold my own, and feeling quite isolated.

But everyone’s different, it doesn’t have to be that way for you – and we must learn to flex our leadership styles & behaviours according to who we are working with, talking to – and what feels authentic to who we are inside. If you pretend to be someone you’re not – your colleagues will spot it a mile off. This isn’t about pretending or dampening your style but embracing what you have to offer as a leader or manager, leading with your strengths, and working on any blind spots (we all have blind spots don’t worry!)

Skills All Women Need to Become Strong Leaders

  1. Knowing your value as a leader

Leadership is a skill that is not easily acquired. It takes time to learn and there are many factors that contribute to being a successful leader. We all know what it feels like to be led by someone who doesn’t have the skills or qualities of leadership.

  1. Communication skills

Communication is a skill that can be learned and improved with practice, so it is important for women to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses when communicating with others.

  1. Resilience skills

The ability to cope with adversity and to recover from setbacks is a crucial characteristic of successful leaders. Those who cope with adversity by learning strategies to overcome these challenges, are more likely to be successful in the long run.

  1. Connecting with people

The importance of connecting with people cannot be overstated. It is the most critical skill that a leader must possess.

It is important to understand how your personal values and beliefs align with the values and beliefs of your employees, customers, and other stakeholders. Alignment in this sense means that people are on the same page about what they want to achieve, how they want to get there, and what it will take to get there.

  1. Winning over hearts and minds

The world has changed. The workplace is no exception. Women are now expected to be leaders, not just followers. They need to be able to lead and inspire their teams with a clear vision, strong communication skills and the ability to motivate others.

Being a motivated woman in many industries has its challenges. Even if you believe in your own skills and experiences, you may, at times, struggle to convey your confidence and assertiveness which can hinder your career progress and satisfaction.

The first step is to find your voice. Speak up in meetings and make sure that you have an opinion on the matter at hand. The next step is to take charge of your career by choosing the projects that you want to work on and making sure that they align with your interests.

How have I helped women/female leaders before?  

Whether in their current, or 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 (for example these include listening, empathy, candour, compassion – a wider selection of leadership traits than in the past) & we will develop a plan to build key skills & techniques.

If you suffer from imposter syndrome, and about 70% of executives will do at some point in their career, I can help you – I’ve been through it myself when I was first leading – and I worked three times as hard to prove I wasn’t an imposter. But it does not have to be this way for you, I can guide you through this situation.  

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.

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