Some traits you need to be a successful female professional
Women achievers have a number of traits in common. At Find My Work Space we have observed the common characteristics in every female client that support them to become a successful female professional.
Now, countless women are stepping up and making a name for themselves – and paving the way for all other women out there, whether entrepreneurs or corporate leaders. Women professionals holding top positions in big companies are inspiring role models and mentors encouraging an increasing number of women to expand their role in the business world.
People are curious… what are the qualities that make one a successful female professional? How did they break the gender barrier to the top? Let’s take a look…
The psyche of a successful female professional
Sometimes, the only person who believes in you is yourself and for confident women, that is enough to get going. You have to trust that you have what it takes to overcome challenges and reach your goals.
Confidence doesn’t mean that you know are an expert in everything. It shows that you will work with whatever you have to get things done which inspires people to want to follow you.
Oprah Winfrey, a shining example of a woman who exudes confidence said,
“It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allow us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn, which is what life is all about.”
2. Creativity and Resourcefulness
One distinguishing mark of every successful entrepreneur and successful female professional is the ability to think up new ideas. We each have a bit of creativity inside each one of us, but it has to be honed and used for it to grow. It requires tapping into your inner potential and exploring ideas, even if they’ve never been tried before.
Of course, it doesn’t just stop with a great concept- you have to know how to dig into your available resources to translate an idea into an action plan.
J K Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter phenomenon, was so poor that she had to use a tissue to write her draft on. And she said,
“We do not need magic to transform our world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.”
3. Humble and Ready To Help
We have observed that truly successful entrepreneurial women do not step on others. They stay grounded and humble in the midst of great accomplishments. They believe that bragging is not a sign of achievement, but of insecurity.
Many remarkable people begin their journey with the desire to serve and help others- making money was only secondary. Their business or work is only a vehicle to give something that will benefit humanity.
Known American poet and activist, Dr. Maya Angelou, once said,
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.”
Resilience is the capacity to recover from difficulties and setbacks, and to keep going in spite of hurdles. This is essential to be a successful female professional
In success, people often just see the end results, but not the hard work and failures that accompanied the way there. The main difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people do not give up in the face of adversities. They take each hardships as a reason to grow and learn.
Veteran actress, writer, and activist Jane Fonda said,
“It’s called resilience. And it’s a very mysterious thing. When I was first starting out, I’d go to auditions, and I knew so many of the gals. Half of them were far more beautiful than me, and the other half were far more talented, but none of those women made it. I’d wonder, Why did it happen for me and not them? Now I think it had to do with that core resilience. I was born that way, and they just weren’t. On my bad days I say to myself, ‘Fonda, you’re resilient, and you’ve never stopped trying to get better.’ That’s my mantra, and it’s saved me many, many times.”
5. Leadership skills
The ability to manage yourself and other people to achieve results takes discipline, strength of character and good relationship and influencing skills.
The PiPL leadership paradigm created by Dr. David Smith identifies 3 pillars of leadership: personal, interpersonal and professional leadership. To be successful, it is important to possess and balance each type. Effective leaders communicate plans and goals well and are committed to the organization’s vision. They are completely involved and are willing to get their hands dirty if needed.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook said in her book Lean In,
“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”
It takes a lot of hard work, effort and dedication to build anything great and meaningful. It is not for the faint of heart, the weak-spirited or the low in energy.
Successful people make it a point to develop themselves holistically mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. There is a link between a strong fit body and career / business success. After all, you cannot be fully dedicated to your craft and ventures if you keep on getting sick.
22-time Grand Slam champion and arguably the best all-time female tennis player in the world, Serena Williams said,
“Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.”
People are obsessed with success and many are eager to discover the secret formula to it. However, when you reflect on the stories of successful women, you would realize that they didn’t aim to be rich or famous. Instead, they focused on what they love to do, pursued it with heart and passion, strived to make a difference in the world, to be a successful female professional… and that is when success came.
As former US first lady, Michelle Obama said:
“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”
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