Have you ever seen the tagline the Future is Female? Women in leadership is a hot button topic right now.
We have a woman on the $20 bill, yes, Harriet Tubman is due to replace Andrew Jackson as the new face of the $20 bill. The number of women in the boardroom is growing, albeit slowly, and we just watched a woman, Hillary Clinton receive the 2nd highest number of popular votes in the history of US presidential campaigns, and of course become the first ever female Presidential candidate.
The world certainly is changing, and it’s thrilling to watch the excitement and energy that is surrounding women in leadership.
Unfortunately, the reality is that women have been making global contributions, doing life changing incredible things, and practicing leadership for thousands of years. Not the least of which is the group of women (and men) who started a small campaign back in the early 1900’s in an effort to get the government to allow women the right to vote, which of course resulted in the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920. That is true leadership, the ability to inspire action, move communities forward, enable positive change, and address difficult issues that face our communities.
In fact, at the University of San Diego, students have been doing research and profiling on the contributions women leaders have been making in the world. It isn’t just women leaders; there are also activities, authors, artists, athletes, actresses, entrepreneurs, and business women.
These great women don’t just stumble into their success, they allow certain qualities to define how they handled the world on a daily basis. The qualities that make them successful aren’t about who they are, rather these qualities are about what they do.
Being a woman of impact in business and in life is a choice. Being a woman of impact in business and in life is a lifestyle.
We can shape who we are, and make a conscious effort to mold our actions, and who we are.
Any woman can achieve this, all it takes is the drive and the want to do so. Let’s take a look at 8 qualities that can help you to become a woman of impact, in business and in life.
Optimism is a repeated trend, because it’s just a fact. Having a positive outlook on conditions, events, and life, will help you maintain an optimistic outlook. People with more optimistic outlooks are more likely to see a favorable outcome.
Not to mention the link between confidence and optimism. Optimism leads to confidence, and these both play a part in a successful outcome, thus furthering both optimism and confidence!
If you want to make an impact, then you have to have a work ethic. This will keep you on course, even when you face obstacles or opposition. It may feel as though persistence parades as a willingness to fail. However, persistence isn’t about the failure, rather, it’s all about how you bounce back. When you fall, you should persist in getting back up, dusting yourself off, and learning from the mistake.
If you want to make an impact, then you should know what it is that moves you. What is it that lights your fire?
Let it ignite and burn brightly. It’s all about having a passion, a love, for what it is that you are doing, whether you are a homemaker, a kindergarten teacher, a social worker, a doctor, an executive, or an activist. Whatever it is you do: be enthusiastic about it.
A Powerful Voice
Perhaps the epitome of women in leadership is the voice. A willingness to speak and to let your truth be heard. Maybe the message doesn’t match up with the status quo, maybe it isn’t a popular opinion, but still you persist.
You don’t have to raise your voice to be powerful, but we connect through sharing feelings, ideas, and thoughts. By telling our stories, we can inspire change, and empower not only ourselves, but those around us, too.
You may already be a woman of impact, and you just don’t know what effect you are having yet. Regardless, as you continue your quest of self-improvement, you can keep the above qualities in mind as you seek to make an impact in business and life.