What do you wish you’d known sooner?
News anchors, radio personalities, and silver screen features tell us that women have to fight for equality in the workplace. Using this combative language creates the idea that as women, we have to do more, be more, and do it all ourselves to be considered a success. This mentality encourages us to push help away when it’s needed most. It also sways us to see our weaknesses as temporary, even a quick-fix. Unfortunately, we do all of this to change perception towards women in business, but it’s not necessarily the best action for our business. Regardless of gender, one person cannot do it all by themselves, and a successful company will need input for both women and men, old and young. I wish I had realized this sooner, delegated more, accepted help when offered, and ignored all those headlines that said woman have to be unyielding and implied woman are weak if they allow someone else took the reins when it came to sales strategy or product pricing.
What do you think women can do to prepare themselves to be successful leaders?
To successfully lead, you must first follow. Though it sounds like a Confucius saying, there are no truer words when it comes to leadership. When you work with someone, you see leadership from a different perspective and have the opportunity to discuss your boss’s leadership style with others who work alongside you. The best way to learn anything is to immerse yourself in it and study it from all perspectives. Study, by working with, both female and male leaders to gauge their success, employee sentiment, and company culture. From here, you can mold your leadership style to fit your leadership preferences.
What makes you feel confident?
Continuous learning gives you the reins to your success. The more you know, the more you’re able to understand what’s happening around you and become less reliant on others to explain things or get them done on time. You do not need to be an expert on everything, but there’s a reason why every business student is required to take accounting classes regardless of whether or not they plan on becoming a CPA. The more you learn, the less you can be taken advantage of and the more you can make yourself an extraordinary, independent woman.
I am currently working on growing my business Non-Scents Flowers, an online boutique for hospital and nursing home patients, with my business partner, Mimi (a.k.a. Mom). Alongside that, I work as a freelance content marketer for EFG Marketing.