5 Steps for Women Who Want to Lead
Women continue to be vastly underrepresented in corporate leadership positions. This despite overwhelming evidence that teams perform better if the gender balance is even. As a woman who wants to get ahead, consider the following five steps:
FIND A ROLE MODEL
Role models are powerful sources of inspiration for aspiring leaders. In her autobiography, the former CEO of Chanel sets an example for those who want to make it to the top:
DEVELOP THE QUALITIES AND SKILLS YOU NEED
Create a "before self-portrait" by distilling the skills you have, the education you received, your strengths and weaknesses. Then create a visionary "after self-portrait" that highlights your ambitions. Work to become the leader in your latter portrait.
MAKE MEANINGFUL PROMISES
Choose your promises and commitments thoughtfully. Agree only to those you have the will to achieve. Make a conscious choice to keep the promises you make to yourself. Break large goals into smaller, more manageable steps.
REACH FOR THE STARS
An increasing number of women are launching their own businesses, but they remain largely underrepresented among the founders of billion-dollar start-ups, or "unicorns." To start the next Google or Facebook, consider the following nine factors:
SUPPORT OTHER WOMEN
Even in a competitive environment, women benefit from helping one another. Advocate for other women by publicly acknowledging their accomplishments, especially if they have gone unnoticed.