Women in leadership positions: 5 steps to success with ease

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Is there a general recipe for being successful in business as a woman? Clearly: no. Different building blocks can help us to leave old patterns. However, we also have to take these new paths. Courage!

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Dr. Marion Bourgeois Best of HR – Berufebilder.de®Dr. Marion Bourgeois is a certified business coach, mediator and moderator


Female competence is becoming increasingly important in business

New opportunities keep popping up in our lives, be it because we are actively pursuing something or because of circumstances that force us to do so. If we see these new situations as opportunities and let ourselves be given our best, great things can happen. Above all because in our day and age we need female skills more than ever.

Yes, it is easier for men to shape their lives and yes, sometimes they are more committed to their own success. For this, women not only have the ability to work together, but are also more willing to do so. If women want to be more successful, 5 steps help:

Step 1: clarity

When we are on our way to vacation, it is important to program the navigation system, get on the right train or find the right gate. In life, too, it's incredibly important to look first where we want to go. What drives us? What values ​​do we really want to live? What could be our goal - or at least a stopover?

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Is your inner compass still working?

In the daily maelstrom of duties, obligations and free time, we quickly forget what we actually stand for. We take the easiest route and eventually realize that our inner compass is no longer working. To get more clarity, we should look at where we want to go from time to time. Questions like "What am I praised for?", "When do my eyes light up?", "What do I really enjoy?" Help here. If you then deal with the ultimate question "What would I do if I could not fail?", You are quickly (again) on the right path.

Readjusting the compass is always possible!

Especially in difficult situations it is important to listen to the answers that arise directly within us. There is no such thing as “right” or “wrong”. If we regularly take time to answer the questions, we quickly notice when it is time to change direction. And if a good fairy would grant us a wish HERE and TODAY, what would we want? What would our vision look like?

Step 2: strategy

Now we know where we want to go and have a clear goal in mind. Our competencies have been put through their paces and possibly expanded. The plan is! However, if this only exists in our head, we often find it difficult to implement it. Allies and supporters are needed! For example, which people decide ours in a professional context Get ahead?

Checklist: permanent, penetrative and positive!

Once we have informed and convinced these people, we have taken an important step. Even with doubters, it is advisable to proceed permanently, penetratively and positively. If we keep drawing attention to ourselves, we will eventually convince even the strongest pessimist. The following checklist helps:

  • Do we have all the people we need to talk to on the screen?
  • The boss who promoted us?
  • His secretary, who keeps pushing us away?
  • Our family, our friends ... Ultimately, everything leads to the crucial question: WHOM do we have to talk to HOW?

Step 3: Convince in difficult conversations

Different opinions and strong emotions - these are the reasons why a large number of difficult conversations fail. The fact is that those who do not avoid sensitive and difficult discussions will become more successful.

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So the first conversation is better!

Incidentally, this not only applies in business, but can also be transferred to other areas of life such as family and partnership.

It is advisable to know the other person's scope for action and to create a trusting basis. We should also be careful to ask rather than interpret. If we always take the emotions of all involved into account in addition to the facts, conversations generally succeed better.

Checklist: Supporters are essential!

We talk to them, discuss logical next steps and work actively on our success. Coming into action is the order of the day here. It is important to act in a focused manner, to set realistic goals and never undertake too much. The following sample checklist helps:

  • Goal definition - What conversations do I have to have for this?
  • What behavior am I living from now on?
  • What am I no longer doing?
  • By when?
  • How do I know that it worked?

4th step: Goodbye trap!

Adapt! Don't take the last piece of cake! Always let others finish talking! Everyone has heard these and similar sayings before. This socialization usually begins early and is deepened further in the course of life. We women want to be liked.

Want to be sympathetic to others and not tease too much. However, if we want to make progress in business, we have to finally get out of the niceties trap. But how can we strip off the image of the dear yes-teller? Shine through good communication with competence?

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High or low status - we renegotiate every time!

When two people meet, their status is "negotiated" again and again. That's what improvisation theater founder Keith Johnstone found out. If we are the likeable team player who likes to give in, we will tend to be low. However, if we convince with assertiveness as a charismatic, our chances of high status are very good.

Is Alpha Tier Behavior the Answer to Our Problems?

In my experience, clearly no! If you only extend your elbows as a woman, it won't make us more visible in the long run. My insider tip here is: clarify your position! With inner work and an unmistakable standing we can make it anywhere.

Step 5: Make Network out of Nettwork!

Men clearly differentiate between their business and private networks. Women are very different here. According to current studies, over 80 percent use social media. However, the professional background is often left out: only 30 percent state that they also tap into their network for business-related things.

Checklist: Search actively for supporters

Without a background of supporters, we cannot get ahead in the business environment. So it's time to actively bring supporters into our lives! The following checklist helps:

  • Do we have a cheerleader? Someone who is absolutely convinced of us. Someone who just loves us and stands behind us at all times.
  • Do we have a friend Someone who takes us the way we are. Someone who toasts our new job with us and dries our tears when we have failed.
  • Do we have a peer? Someone with whom we can discuss professionally and who questions us. Without any hide and seek, but open and honest.
  • Do we have a mentor? Someone who is hierarchical and successful where we want to go. A role model that tells us tricks and introduces people who help us on our way.
  • Do we have a coach? Someone who asks us exactly the questions that will take us further. With which we can train what we lack to take the next step.

Stop the distraction!

Our brain is often like a browser with too many tabs open. It is a huge problem! However, this is no wonder, as new information pours down on us every second.

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Be it online or offline. More and more people are demanding more and more from us in less and less time. It is important to keep a cool head and to select wisely. What really brings us further? And with what are we just wasting our valuable lifetime?

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