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    Women Business Leaders: Use Your Feminine Strengths to Achieve Business Success

    In her recent article, Leona Charles makes some really good points about developing leadership skills for women business leaders and executives. She addresses issues in the workplace and focuses on sensitivity and humility – traits that I feel are inherent in women.  (Not to say that men do not have these characteristics!) Leona’s suggestions offer a wonderful way to focus on and apply your feminine strengths in the workplace.

    I’ve condensed the highlights for you here:

    Lead by Example
    This should go without saying but many of us in leadership positions leave the less desirable tasks to our subordinates. This gets us into trouble because our subordinates generally equate their worth to their assigned tasks. As a leader you should always be willing to do what you have asked and I make sure that if I want something done I learn how to do it as well.

    Learn from Your Staff
    Many times your staff is extremely accomplished in areas outside of their professional life, so tap into that expertise. Thinking outside the box is a vital skill and is sometimes the solution to your most challenging business situation.

    Understand Staff Limitations
    The biggest mistake I see in management is the underutilization of staff. If you have a staff member in a customer service position who is incredibly efficient and organized but not a people person, you are not effectively managing their capabilities. This person should be in the operations leg of your organization where organization and efficiency are responded to. If you have a chatty person in an office role, they may be better utilized in your sales or PR staff.

    Apologize
    This is a big one and one that most managers do not agree with, but an apology is an effective management tool. Acknowledging mistakes helps your staff recognize that you value their help and recommendations; valuing their recommendations is an important part of building an empowered workforce and one of the most important parts of building an innovative and capable workforce.

    Rather than try to be something you are not in a sometimes male-dominated leadership world, I have found that embracing my femininity has worked for me. Please read my blog, “5 Ways Women Business Owners Can Embrace their Femininity” for more ways to empower your feminine side.

     

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