The 7 Common Keys of Successful Women
The Guardian Small Business Research Institute projects that women-owned businesses will create five to 5.5 million new jobs by 2018 – more than half the 9.7 million new small business jobs expected to be created and about one-third of the 15.3 million total new jobs anticipated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics by 2018.
Women-owned businesses already are serious players in this nation’s economy. An economic impact study conducted by the Center for Women’s Business Research and the National Women’s Business Council documented that majority women-owned firms today are bringing in more than 23 million jobs.
In my many years of business and after serving on the boards of numerous professional women’s organizations over the years, travelling on business to different countries, and after meeting other women in business during my many years on speaking tours & training presentations, I have found that there is a commonality among women.
I have found that, as different as we all are, the majority of our gender has many of the same attributes. Ultimately, what I have found is that the innate feminine spirit is one not to be taken lightly in business. When applied properly, it becomes a strength that helps women become effective leaders. It is their compassionate nature and instinctive abilities that, when implemented into the business mindset, become secret weapons put to use by many successful women.
Women also have a warrior spirit, which is not to be confused with intention to destruct, but rather the protective nature for building bridges and creating positive change. Women have a maternal instinct that brings out the warrior to protect their child and in the case of owning their own business, often times they can transfer that maternal protectiveness to their business, employees and customers.
In the end, there is no need for women to change this structure in order to successfully lead and there is no need for women to imitate their counterparts’ style of leadership to succeed in leadership positions in business.
Studies have been repeatedly conducted to compare men and women as leaders. Study after study has revealed that neither is better than the other; they are just different. In some cases, women are better at reading facial cues which is imperative in negotiations. Men hold back on their emotions; not necessarily their temper.
Women are still negotiating as many deals as their counterparts, and in some cases, even more. What women bring to the table is imperative and should not be taken lightly.
By using their voice and empowering themselves and those around them, successful women in business have seen much positive change and there is still much left to discuss around the table. Every woman in business should insure that they and their female colleagues get that seat around the table and work toward not necessarily what we know as today’s “equal playing field” but rather help create a better playing field with different rules. A “playing field” blended with the innate leadership traits of both genders. Statistics show that a blended sustainable multicultural inclusive organization earns improved Brand equity with its customers and has a greater chance of long term success in the 21st century marketplace.
What is it that makes me and other women who have been through similar situations stick with it and keep going? Why do some of us push aside the stumbling blocks, adversities and obstacles that come our way? Perhaps it is that some of us who have hung in there see them as lessons learned rather than failures, have used those lessons to make us stronger and tend to avoid reacting the same way to those situations when they happen again.
I have found that when most people quit and walk away, it is usually the time when the answer, customer or next project will knock at the door. Many more of us have learned to use our voice for change and empowerment. Here are the 7 common keys of successful women. I pass them along with anticipation that it helps unlock some of the doors which may stop others from reaching their goals and with the hope that collectively as a unified voice and as mentors that glass ceiling will soon disappear once and for all:
7 KEYS OF SUCCESSFUL WOMEN:
1: Be Not Afraid
“You must do the thing you fear the most.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
Successful women in business act quickly and decisively. They do not fear the possibility of failure. They move forward toward their goal, even when faced with obstacles and adversity. And when they do come across a situation that does not go as planned, they do not sweat it, dwell on it or lose their confidence; they take it as a lesson learned, which strengthens them for the next challenge.
2: Master the Mind Alliance
“A company is only as good as the people it keeps.” – Mary Kay Ash
No one can be successful without the help of others. Successful women know that in order to achieve a successful outcome, it is imperative to build solid relationships. They surround themselves with knowledgeable professionals and talented employees, knowing this collaboration will ultimately create a healthy environment and successful outcomes.
3: Follow Your Gut
“Be armed with purpose, persistence and intention and the enemy called defeat will choose another to battle.” –Daisy Gallagher
Successful women in business have learned to use their intuition to their advantage in business dealings. A woman’s intuitive nature has been proven to be more in tune than that of her counterpart’s. In other words, listen to your gut and go with it!
4: Service Is Leadership
“Something which we think is impossible now, is not impossible in another decade.” – Constance Baker Motley
When women reach a certain level of success, research shows that many immediately begin to pay forward. One very important component of leadership is service and mentorship. Women who mentor other women are creating an opportunity for positive change in the workplace and they create a great support system for themselves.
5: Yes Means Yes and No Means No
“I do not know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.” –Susan Butcher
Women who are successful in business have learned to be decision makers and stick with their decisions. They understand business is competitive and our counterparts have learned how to play the game well. Once they make their decision, they do not change their mind, or allow their mind to be changed.
6: The Art of Being Multi-Dimensional
“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” –Mae Jemison
Another advantage women have found is to take advantage of their ability to multi-task. Research tells us women’s counterparts are linear choosing to finish one project at a time before going on to the next. Women can use their natural ability as multi-taskers to handle various items simultaneously moving on to the next and allowing for more projects.
7: The Great Communicators
“When you stop learning, stop listening; stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die.” –Lillian Smith
Women use the art of communications to their advantage in business. Successful women set their goals. They also integrate their listening skills, instincts and empathy into their daily communication. We are just beginning to understand the mysterious ways in which the mind works however successful people have long known how to use the power of creative vision to their advantage.
And finally know about “The AH-HA” Moment:
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” –Amelia Earhart
Many “new” ideas are really nothing more than a new combination of two well-known products or ideas. Nevertheless, great fortunes have been built upon such combinations when they are supported by a clever name and marketing campaign. Using your imagination and never limit yourself and most of all unlearning what you have learned that has caused any fear or trepidation toward competitiveness is vital. Follow your instincts, align yourself with like-minded people who are positive, energetic, supportive and knowledgeable, set your goals, give back and, most of all, and use your voice to find your “AH-HA” moment making of success!
Daisy Gallagher is the award winning author of several books, including the best selling “How to Succeed in a Testosterone World without Losing Estrogen” found in bookstores and online (www.amazon.com) and other published works. Earning more than 100 industry awards and community leadership recognitions and with more than twenty-five consecutive years in an esteemed career, Gallagher is a much sought after chief strategist and senior advisor. She serves as founder and chairman of an international award winning firm she founded in 1990, as chief strategist for a premier world green energy program, board advisor for several enterprises, brand architect for award winning sustainable and economic programs, and contractor in the federal space for military and civilian agencies. Overall, past performance includes; support of multi-billion dollar enterprises and for more than two decades she has overseen and provided contractual support for more than 22 U.S. federal civilian & military agencies. www.gallagherworldwide.com