Being #bossbabe 101 – How to act and think like a girl boss
It is still a man’s world. While the change is certain to hit bigger proportions, I’ve got news for you. It is not easy to survive gender-based discrimination, and today, I will be sharing some useful leadership strategies for women to rock their roles with no hiccups.
Being authoritative should not come across as aggression. Being opinionated does not mean you are annoying. Letting go of little mistakes doesn’t make you soft-hearted. Every action of yours need not be connected with gender-based traits or your emotional capabilities. Women are better leaders and they should be tactful in handling the society’s irrational judgments.
Coz, girl no-one-wants-you-to-be-at-peace.
- Know your employees
Leadership is not just task management. It is people management. Understand that your employees are real people with unique strengths and weaknesses. You have to spend time understanding their needs, their interests, and what they are good or bad at. Building meaningful relationships helps you gain trust and a secure workspace for your team.
A friendly attitude and ears to their opinions would make the workspace something your employees look forward to coming every day. Kindness is the best motivation you could give your employees. Help them not just accomplish task goals, but also career goals.
2. Share your experiences
Leaders are not made overnight. As much as skills, hard work, and qualifications get you to where you are – your experiences gave you the emotional stability, maturity, and handling situations in a composed manner. No degrees or courses help you gain that stability.
While you have mastered the knick-knack of leadership, it is time you pass them on to leaders of tomorrow. Mentor your team members. Point out if they have a rough attitude, help them mold themselves into a better and holistic personality. You can quote examples of your past experiences and how you reacted to those. You can be inspiring through your little anecdotes that make your employees follow your footsteps in order to be successful.
3. Embrace failures
Leaders fail. They fail more than anyone else does. Taking risks and exploring different opportunities is inevitable. But, sometimes, things don’t favor you. Don’t sulk and obsess over your failures. As a good leader, you may want to weigh the metrics. Analyze the reasons and pass on the wisdom to others.
Getting past a bad decision should not drain your emotional well-being. Instead, you should have the courage to quickly get up wither off the consequences and move on to the next pile of awesome accomplishments you are yet to make.
4. Deal with difficult people
Corporate is a cruel place. Not everyone is your friend and not everyone would agree with your opinions. Differences in ideologies are not an uncommon scenario in the corporate world. But, this doesn’t mean that you let go off your stance just because someone shows aggression.
You need to master the tactic of dealing with difficult people. Kill them with kindness. Be polite and be less bossy. At the end of the day, a few ego clashes does no good. Instead, put your foot down and with grace and elegance ensure what needs to get done, gets done.
As a result of your differences in opinions, you must ensure that you don’t take things personally. Merging your professional life into your personal life shows a lack of maturity. Leave bitter experiences right at your desk and don’t have the baggage of guilt. Things pass when time flies. Ensure that you have healthy relationships at the workplace.
5. Let go of little mistakes
Being a leader does not mean you have the authority to insult your employees or pick on them for their mistakes. You got to where you are without difficulties because of your leader. Be empathetic and don’t put your employees through difficult paths just because you had to travel in it.
Be modest and tap them on their shoulders and help them minimize their mistakes. If your employees are flawless, you would be out of job.