Women in leadership positions face a number of challenges. It is still a man's world and trying to make more of the same we must ask ourselves if we are trying to retro-fit ourselves into the world of men, or we try to make it gender-neutral? I believe there has been a movement away from the concept of retro-fitting.
Research also tells us that women in leadership results are better but there are still many challenges facing women leaders. Here are some of the more pressing problems that women need to pay attention to.
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Delegate- Women still think they have to do everything themselves. Skills in delegation really make a person a better leader and free up valuable time to focus on things that are most important.
Negotiation – Many women do not go ahead and negotiate for what they need in terms of resources. A leader can not be embarrassed or reluctant to ask and even demand what they need to get the job done.
Balance – This shows in some way. Leaders need to balance their emotions with some peaceful interlude. Another big one here is work/life balance. This causes a lot of stress and anxiety for a leader when they can not make the decisions they need to make about the problems of their own balance.
Emotion – It is important for leaders to be passionate. Many women leaders were very excited and they should know that passion does not appear as anger.
Work to make your job into supporting who you are and what you have to give. Finding a good coaching program will help you get over this challenge.