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I’ve been coaching women leaders for over two decades. Progress is being made, but we still have a long way to go. The good news is that we now have numbers to show that when more women are in top leadership positions, their organizations do better in almost every measurable area.
One of my clients was recently invited to be on a panel of top-performing IT women leaders. I was in the audience and was impressed with how helpful their insights were along with how much fun they had. Here is a summary of the key messages they shared for women leaders who want to move up.
Don’t be concerned about being likeable—aim to be respected, approachable and fun. If you aim to be likable, you’ll give up your power in exchange.
Put yourself first, your family second and your work third. Many women make the mistake of putting work first and yourself last. That is unsustainable. When you put yourself first, you have the energy to be your best for your family and your work. If you feel guilty, get over it. We all need the best of who you are.
Attributes for Success
The panel identified these tips for success:
I hope you find these insights helpful. If you have women on your team, be sure to share these tips with them. It’s important to keep these things top of mind as we all work to get more women into higher-level roles.
Thank you to Lanna Neimeyer, Office of the CIO, Prime Therapeutics; Lisa Schlosser, CEO, MN High Tech Association; Kathryn Freytag, CIO, Donaldson Company; Julie Flaschenriem, CIO, Hennepin Healthcare; Debra Bauler, CIO, Cargill Protein and Salt; and moderator Saima Prabhu, GM, Quality Engineering, Magenic.
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