What does the term BOSS mean to you? Does the term evoke visions of something positive or something negative? Do you consider yourself a boss or leader? Before making a decision, consider that a boss in most cases is seen as the leader, the person who takes charge, is in charge, and is an influencer. Most importantly, a boss is the woman who creates results through teamwork.
The more I work with women, the more I realize that most of us don’t see ourselves as bosses, leaders or influencers even when we hold positions of power. We tend to downplay our role to make it “easier” for others to relate and accept. We pretend not to know that we are the ones leading the household, the office, and our own lives.
In my role as the “trusted” career strategist and leadership coach, I encounter two types of women: The ones who are overly confident and act like the borderline “b…h”–the type no one wants to be around. Then, the second one, is the competent, overly nice “one”, who is the go to person for everything in the organization—the type who ends up giving her all, but staying in supporting roles as she regretfully watches others climbing the corporate ladder, leaving her behind. Years later, she is deflated, demotivated and angry while her teammates observe it all in disbelieve and heavy hearts. Her bitterness and discontent is a result of her never giving those around her any indication of her aspirations, plans or desires. If you don’t want to end up in this type situation, you need to express and share your career goals and desires to your boss.
As a high potential woman, with big desires, you have the responsibility to manage your career, your reputation and control your brand. Yes, you do have a brand and you must become a Public Relations agent for the Brand called “YOU.” If you are planning to climb the corporate ladder and elevate yourself to become the new boss, then let’s go to work. Don’t feel discouraged thinking that only the “good ole boys” can reach to the top and stay there. There is nothing farther from the truth–you can strategize and execute your plan to become the BOSS you were born to be.
As Jesus said, with God all is Possible and if you align your mind and your spirit to the desires of your heart, you can achieve anything. It may not be easy, but it is possible. God didn’t put the desire in your heart, if He believed you couldn’t carry it out.
Looking back throughout the beginning of my career, I can see God’s handy work through my journey. There were times when I said yes to the wrong jobs, but God ALWAYS, found a way to get me out of those situations. I went from intern in the Protocol Office in the Panama Canal Commission to Executive Vice-president for a Global Organization, and I can say that God always had my back.
Seven Strategies To Your Shift Thinking Forward and Move You Towards Your Goals:
1. Understand you! Be mindful of your self-image. How do you see yourself? This is the most important clue to your success. If you don’t believe in yourself, you cannot get that promotion, the increase or your boss’ job–you just won’t get it. Your mind can make you or break you. Your duty is to be mindful of the chatter in your head. Understand your routines and realize not all of your routines are healthy and can be detrimental to your success. Reflect on the image you present and analyze what you need to start, stop or modify.
2. Step out of your comfort zone and take on some challenges that will give you visibility. However, if you’re sure you cannot perform the challenge even at the peak of your abilities, don’t do it. Look for projects you can excel in.
3. Give Credit where it is due and show gratitude. Whenever someone helps you with a project, be humble and thank them for their commitment.
4. Help others grow and develop. When you see talent, nurture and celebrate it.
5. Be true to your values, this is the cornerstone of your leadership. Know what you stand for, what gets you upset, what’s acceptable to you and what‘s not. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. Understand your triggers and create boundaries.
6. Welcome feedback, set the example. Feedback is a gift and you need to be open to this gift. You should know your strengths and weaknesses but you must also be attentive to the observations of others. Be open to hear about their views of your shortcomings and strengths. Set the example.
7. Treat everyone with dignity and respect. Understand that what goes around comes around. People will talk to you and treat you, the way you treat yourself. Show respect for yourself and others will follow.
As the Boss of your destiny and your career, you need to dress and act respectably–manage your brand wisely. Please understand, that only God knows your heart, the rest of the world can only see how you’re packaged so don’t expect others to read your mind. If you use these strategies, your journey to the top will be easier ride. If you have any questions, feedback, or you want our free gift, just mention this article and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fay A. Lawrence, MBA, ITF. She is a Leadership and HR Strategist, Author and Master Trainer. Fay has been providing human development solutions and change management for more than 20 years at the national and international level in English and Spanish. Fay works with Fortune 500 companies as well as with Non-Profits and Governmental Agencies. She is committed to be a support and guide for organizations who want to transform their culture and develop their leadership in order to be effective and relevant in today’s market. For more information, contact her at email@example.com or visit the website at: www.globalprofilesgroup.com