It takes a lot of calibre to lead an organisation efficiently. As a leader, you are responsible for everything that goes on in the organisation. A slight callousness on the part of any of your employees may cost you your reputation, business deals worth crores of rupees and a lot more. It takes a lot of subject knowledge and human resource management skills to be able to deal with all of that efficiently. This is a challenge for most people, irrespective of their sex. However, the hurdles multiply themselves manifold if it is women we are talking about.
The prime reason for the same may be attributed to the fact that India is a patriarchal society. Traditionally, it was men who took up positions of power and all types of leadership roles. Now that women are walking shoulder to shoulder with them, certain men are finding it difficult to accept this way of change.
In many situations, women themselves are against the idea of working under some other woman. There exists a certain amount of jealousy amongst them. The cumulative effect of all the aforementioned reasons is that it is difficult for women to succeed as leaders of an organisation.
However, the same is not impossible and the success stories of women like Indra Nooyi, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Sudha Murthy and many others speak volumes about the same. This article talks about 5 tips that will help you become a successful woman leader.
1. Work-Life Balance
Although this is a statement that is applicable to both men and women alike, women are the ones who face a greater challenge. The reason for the same may be attributed to the fact that the societal expectations of women are pretty different from that of their male counterparts.
They are expected to cook, clean and look after their family in addition to pursuing successful careers. In such a situation, women often get stressed thinking that they are not able to do justice either their family or their profession. It is this feeling of guilt that stops them from being the type of leader that they would want to be.
The easiest way to deal with this is to cut yourself some slack and know when to seek help. Try to segregate and divide household chores so the workload is lighter. That way you will have peace of mind and that will enable you to do justice to your job and be the type of leader you have always wanted to be.
2. Effective Communication
The gender roles of our country are such that they dictate women to be less affirmative than their male counterparts. This naturally means that they lack communication skills. However, if you want to shed gender roles and become a successful leader, you need to boost your communication skills.
By communication skills we do not just mean the way you would speak, read or write in a language; it covers a much wider aspect with things like how you would express your ideas to your employees (and thereby, convince these people to believe in them) coming into the picture.
3. Understand The Power Of Silence
Often, things are conveyed better if not spoken out loud. Thus, it is important for you to understand the power of silence and embrace the power of the same. Another tip in this context would be to pass your words through a filter before speaking them out loud.
This will ensure that you do not act rash and that way you will have lesser chances of regretting whatever you have spoken. This is an essential skill that every person who aspires to be a leader should inculcate in her life.
If someone is asked to define leadership in one line, it would be the confidence to make decisions. Women are often seen to be exceptionally good at what they do. However, they often lack the conviction and confidence to stand true to their beliefs. If you want to scale the corporate ladder, this is one quality that you must inculcate.
You must not only learn to be responsible for your actions, but you must also have the gall to take calculated risks. Understand that your sex is not your weakness. In no way shall your decisions be hampered when people say that men make better decisions than women.
If you really want to make it big in your career, it is important that you start having the confidence to make your own decisions right from the initial days of your career.
5. Multitasking Abilities
As women, we are naturally blessed with the ability to multitask. If you want to be a leader, this is one skill that you should hone. Understand that it is not necessary for you to take up all the responsibilities on your shoulders. Decentralisation of duties is something that works well with most organisations.
However, it is important for you to keep an eye over the work of your subordinates. Hence, it is a good idea for you to allot duties and responsibilities to people and then oversee the general execution of them all. For that, you will need good multitasking skills.
By working on your multitasking abilities, you will be able to make every member of your team feel that you are with them in their work and that they can approach you as and when they need. This will foster a spirit of teamwork and thereby, improve the overall productivity of your organisation.