October 17, 2022
5 min read
Today, women are taking over almost every field of life, from medicine to business tycoons; you will find several women leading the way. When it comes to business and entrepreneurship, we must accept that nothing is easy, but women have been accepting all kinds of challenges. It may be difficult, especially in a male-dominant society, but not impossible to overcome all the hurdles that come in the way.
To face the circumstances in a more professional and better way, it is essential to know about the mistakes that women usually make. It's only after the identification of these mistakes that one can correct them and become a better leader. If you don't do anything about these mistakes, you might be the one holding your organization back from complete success and fulfillment.
There is no doubt that for a leader, it is necessary to be there when it comes to lead the way or guiding their teammates. However, some women often forget about their own value during this journey. The dilemma of the male-dominant society is that women try to keep up with every teammate because of their gender specifically. There is always that one woman leader who has a solution to every issue, and everyone turns to her whenever a crisis hits. The wrong part of this is that when you are always available to solve every problem, and everyone starts depending on the leader alone, it becomes hard for that leader to achieve the individual growth necessary for the betterment of the future.
Being a woman and a leader at the same time doesn't mean you have to devalue yourself. Keep your values straight and know your worth, while you lead the way to success. Being a leader should be unbiased regarding gender, and no one should become the everything-done-alone person in a team.
Saying "No" when needed is a skill, and as a female leader, you must learn this skill. It is a fact that women have a nurturing side, and they find it hard to say no to anything. The result of not saying no is usually quite bad, and the leaders end up in a lot of work and trouble alone. Being a leader and the feeling that you are needed when your teammates ask you for help is gratifying. However, too many tasks handed to one person alone often tend to disasters and nothing else.
The thumb rule is to say no to the tasks that do not entirely depend on you and say yes to the critical ones. Even if you have to say no many times a day, say it and be sure about it. Saying no when necessary is a superpower that especially a female leader must hold.
A female with a leader mindset would never wait for an opportunity to come to her. Instead, she will stand up and make her way towards that very opportunity. As a leader who is also a female, you must remember that opportunities can only be achieved when you work for them in a business. And when you get them, you should be the one who knows that you deserved this opportunity, and it wasn't granted to you for free.
The nice girl who thanks for every single opportunity she earned with her own sweat and blood must be stopped, and the leader should be woken. As a leader, you must act like one; girls are often taught to be humble and polite even if the world is crashing down. However, this behavior will only harm you and your team in practical life. You, as a leader, must own your place and make decisions on your own, without being thankful or sorry for unnecessary things. Your attitude should not give the idea that anyone can take advantage of your skills.
Being a leader means you can't bring your personal drama to the office, ever. Try not to fight with anyone from the family or friends, even though you might be texting them during your work hours. Try not to show your personal feelings to your colleagues or teammates. In short, you need to be stubborn regarding your emotions during work hours because if you don't do that, you might embody vulnerability. Being a woman is not easy when it comes to emotions because women are usually the ones handling the emotional matters of families and friends, and they must control their emotions during work.
However, matters that your colleagues and teammates should know must be discussed and talked about, i.e., harassment or stalking.
Everyone compares him/herself with someone because it's a human trait. As a leader, you might find yourself comparing your leadership skills with other leaders in the field. When you compare yourself with others, you always see yourself as lacking – maybe I am not confident enough, I don't have proper command, or literally anything. You have to be yourself while you lead the way. Every leader has her own way of working, and you have your own unique style too. Comparing will do more harm than any good.
As a leader, you must remember that taking risks is part of achieving the desired success. You cannot achieve the desired, unless you leave your comfort zone and work on yourself instead of wasting your time in comparing yourself with others.
We cannot deny the fact that female leaders are taking over the world, even though they have to face several challenges on their way. Human instincts like comparing and feeling low can a big hurdle that one must overcome. Other than human instincts, societal issues are also a significant factor that can lower down the success of a female leader, but if women cope with such problems properly, they can always win their way to success.
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