Fighting Words

March 24, 2021

 

LeadershipDo you ever hear something that makes you so angry that you want to stand up and fight? It can be a great motivator to spur you to action, right?

For far too long, women in corporate America heard, “Women can’t lead.” Thank goodness times have changed!

Or have they?

In 2020, only 7% of Fortune 500 companies had female CEOs. And you can bet that those 37 women (yes…just 37) heard those words more than a few times on their way up the corporate ladder.

Can’t you just imagine them thinking “oh yeah? Just watch me!” as they used their natural skills and talents to guide their teams to greater and greater success?

Many women in business have learned that their greatest success comes from relying on their natural female traits and making them into assets. In her 2020 book. Lead Like a Woman, former Fortune 500 executive Deborah Smith Pegues describes 12 qualities that position women for success as leaders.

We see these qualities every day in the women business owners and leaders we work with. It’s exciting to see what can happen when this powerful strength is channeled in the right direction.

According to Pogue, women leaders are:

  • Collaborative
  • Emotionally Savvy
  • Nurturing
  • Communicative
  • Intuitive
  • Motivational
  • Resilient/Persistent
  • Flexible
  • Vulnerable
  • Servant-Hearted
  • Principled
  • Resourceful

How many of these qualities do you see in yourself?

Claim these strengths as evidence of your leadership capability. Take that outdated notion that “women can’t lead” as fighting words that spur you to action as you do just that…lead yourself and your team to greater and greater success.

Go forth and do great things,

Martha & Chris