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Hi, It’s Kathryn here from Excel Communications. 

Something a little different this time – on the 8th of this month, it’s International Women Day, so in this video, I’m going to talk you through three essential strategies for all budding female leaders out there. 

Now, having a y chromosome shouldn’t dictate whether or not yowill make a great leader. Your ability depends on individual strengths and personality – but its still the case that women are often overlooked for senior positions and therefore have to try harder than their male counterparts to rebalance gender inequality. 

Did you know that of the top 100 FTSE companies, only six are currently led by a woman?  

Shocked? I certainly was. 

And yet we’ve had some great female leaders down the centuries who have inspired others and proven that their goals can be achieved. 

So, what strategies can women employ to get on the pathway to leadership? – In today’s video, Im going to explore three essentials… 

The UK government has set targets for 33 per cent of board members to be female by the end of 2020 – so, what are you waiting for?!  

Let’s take a look at the three essential strategies for women looking to climb the career ladder successfully this year  

 

Number 1 is: Believe you can achieve 

Its essential to believe in yourself. It sounds obvious, but it’s true: what you tell yourself matters 

That inner voice dictates how you interpret what others say to youand how you consequently feel and react. Aim to be your own cheerleader and believe you can achieve! 

 

Number 2 isNever stop learning 

A growth mindset is crucial to move you forward towards your goal. It enables your learning and progress, making you open to new ideas and ways of doing thingsSo, don’t be afraid to seek help from others, try new strategies, and capitalise on setbacks to help you move forward effectively. 

By developing a growth mindset, you will embrace a hopeful, optimistic way of looking at experiences, and you’ll learn new things – even on bad days! 

 

And finally, number 3 is: Plan your journey 

Think of your career as a path. The decisions you make on that pathway will help you evolve and grow, leading you to achieve your professional goals. 

Create your plan and work towards it. Go for roles, even if you don’t have all the skills. Its attitude that is important. Don’t wait for the invitation: jump right in and embrace the experiences on offer.  

And never give up  – your experiences will give you perspective and the boost to work towards your ultimate goals. 

If you would like to find out more about how to achieve leadership success or take a look at some of the traits of great female leaders through the centuries, head over to our blogs where there is lots of useful and in-depth information to inspire you further!  

Ill drop a link in the comments box.   

If you want to develop your leadership style and empower your team, you can get in touch by sending me a DM either through LinkedIn or on the contact form on our website.