- Always be the best you can be. Take advantage of rigorous performance reviews, which is the best time to get coaching and address concerns about bias.
- Take risks by taking on the most challenging assignment you can find, and then take control. Ask for the tough assignments then go to work
- Be willing to change jobs after you have mastered the current one; don’t get complacent because it’s easy.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Be leery of the myth that if I just work hard enough promotion and recognition will come – that’s not entirely true.
- Toot your own horn and take credit for what you are worth. PR is your friend.
- Take responsibility for the dynamics around you. If you witness gender bias, address it. To not address it, is making a decision to be a part of the problem.
- Be incredibly comfortable in your own skin; the only way to do that is be confident in who you are
- Rather than resent it, embrace being the woman token. Get in there, be a trailblazer, show them what you are made of, and then open the door for someone else.
- Marry a supportive spouse
- Don’t see other women as the competition and be willing to advocate for other women. We are in this together.
- Seek mentors, advocates, sponsors (both men and women)
I Take This Personally – Advancing Women’s Leadership Part III
Friday, February 21, 2014on
The topic of advancing women’s leadership is personal to me. I’ve spent a lot of time studying the topic and created a three part series dedicated to this incredibly important subject. My first blog post of this series shared statistics and reasons for the disparity in women’s leadership – there are many. Part two of the series is dedicated to answering why this matters. The final post in this series provides practical steps to address the disparity; things that can be done immediately to help women advance in leadership. What can women do to address the disparity in women’s leadership: