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Published February 21st, 2017 by

What Does it Mean to Be a Powerful Professional Woman?

 

 

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No need to be a Miranda Priestly to be a powerful woman in the business arena. In fact, the most effectively powerful professional women are charitable, kind, and communicative. Women in corporate leadership positions today are changing the world and the way women do business. So, what does it take to be a powerful professional woman?

The one common factor of the most successful women in today’s business world is that they have each cultivated their own success and they know the value of teamwork.

They may take varied paths: moving from company to company, climbing the traditional corporate ladder, or starting their own business, but they all have in common taking things into their own hands. No matter if you are in or outside the corporate world, you are the one to take ownership of your success. Here is some valuable advice.

 Never Stop Learning

The first piece of advice from the super-successful: incurable curiosity. Today’s lightning-fast paced business environment means that you should be adaptable, flexible, and always ready to learn.

When you are not learning, you are done. When you are not learning, you are not growing. The best way to learn, is to be curious and begin asking questions.

“The smartest thing you can ever do is to constantly ask questions,” says Anne Sweeney (Source), the President of Disney-ABC Group and co-chair of Disney Media Networks. She considers herself “driven by curiosity.” This excites people and “leads to new ideas, new jobs, new industries.”

Communicate and Connect

Women should employ their strong communication and interpersonal skills at every opportunity. The way women communicate is not necessarily better than a man’s; however, it may be better suited to newer methods of management.

The ability to build relationships in today’s firms and markets is crucial.

In her book, Successful Woman’s Guide to Working Smart, Caitlin Williams discusses key changes in the workplace: increased team-based work, greater workforce diversity, increased customer contact, multiple demands, tighter deadlines, and higher expectations.

Williams says, “While successfully dealing with all these changes may call for different knowledge and technical expertise…the need to interact well with others is a constant…interpersonal competence is moving front and center as a requirement for organizational success today.”

Plan your career

Career planning is crucial for women in business because they tend to have more roadblocks to navigate around than men. Having a road map helps you have a clear path to follow, at least a general idea of which direction you’re headed, so other aspects of life can more easily be factored into your career without either suffering.

You children, spouses, elderly parents, even kitchen remodeling needs will receive all your time and undivided attention.

Build flexibility into your career path to allow for changing circumstances, but decide where you’d like to be 10 to 15 years from now.

Utilize tools as you plan your career such as a personal mission statement, career assessment tests, or a personal SWOT analysis. More tools and advice for career planning can be found here.

Network

There is an old adage that says “It’s all in who you know,” and that is certainly true in business. To be competitive and ensure that others take notice of you, it is beneficial to put time into making contacts.

This is not a time to be shy or timid, but to break out of your shell and practice your handshake.

Join networking groups to meet like-minded women who can mentor you, or women seeking mentors, and contacts who can put you in touch with those that can help boost your career.

Being a part of a group can also be an effective and efficient way to manage your time.

Cultivate and Project Confidence

A powerful woman exudes confidence. Confidence may top the list of attributes needed when joining the “boys club” or participating in any kind of meeting.

It is incredibly liberating to know yourself and understand your value. Sometimes having a mentor can help you see things in yourself that you might not if someone else didn’t point it out.

When you are confident in yourself, others need to know how fabulous you are. Some will take note simply by seeing your results.

There are times, however, when it is crucial to let others know who you are and what you can do. Tracking your accomplishments and then using them to leverage your success can help. Check out this article.

Do not be afraid to toot your own horn. If you don’t, who will? Let people in and outside your workplace know about your achievements.

If your company has a newsletter, submit news of accomplishments. Tell your boss what you have been up to, or share your ideas of what you hope to achieve.

Author bio: Alex Moore is a Sewing Machine Judge collaborator and a writer fascinated by the influence of incredibly powerful women. He has decided to focus his work on what makes women thrive in a world dominated by gender inequities. As a contributor to several online publications, women in entrepreneurship is a topic he plans to fully go into.

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