Many women are conditioned to believe leaders are men. Your capacity to be a great leader has actually got nothing to do with your gender. Numerous studies, backed up with real life examples, prove women can be highly effective leaders.
What is true though is women in business have to overcome many obstacles that have long held many of us back. Balancing work and family is one of them. Overcoming stereotypes is another one. Women often have to work harder than men to get the same respect and recognition as our male counterparts.
Here are some of the best leadership qualities, and tips on how to be a successful women entrepreneur.
Entrepreneur.com published an article called “Inspiring Leadership Lessons From 13 Female Founders.” (Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/341787)
Here are two curated case studies from that article that stood out for me:
“Know when to ask for help”
Growing too fast, and not taking care of yourself or your employees, can cause your business to collapse.
This is what happened to Kachan Singh who founded Crumbs & Whiskers. When she saw her business failing, she turned to her mentor and coach who helped her to turn the business around.
Lesson: A successful leader isn’t too proud to ask for help. It pays to invest in a good business coach or life coach.
“Don’t be afraid of failure”
Lauren Cascio ended her marriage after suffering three years of physical abuse from her husband. She realized it’s important to know when enough is enough. Lauren now applies this approach in her own company Abartys Health.
Lesson: Knowing when to quit or change directions is important. Leaders often have to make difficult decisions based on what’s in the best interests of the company.
Successful women entrepreneurs are often better leaders than men because they worked harder to get where they are. They never stop learning and apply the insights they have gained from their own life experiences in their business.
As women, we can and should draw inspiration from other successful women entrepreneurs that are leaders in their field.