5 Tips to Guide Future Female Business Leaders 112

5 Tips to Guide Future Female Business Leaders

This is a guest post by the writers at Devry University, which offers its students a wide range of adult continuing education programs.

What makes a successful female business leader?

For some, it’s innate characteristics that make them fundamentally good at leading. For others, it’s learned behavior.

Debbie Polisky and Angelia White, two women who have been very successful in the business world, state five steps women must follow to find success in business. By following these steps, both natural-born leaders and those with the dedication and ambition to become leaders, will find success.

1. Follow Your Passion.

Passion will drive dedication and ambition, and will make the challenges that come along the way less difficult to tackle. It was

It was passion for technology that pushed Ginni Rometty to become the first woman to lead IBM, and you can find a similar passion to push yourself to success.

2. Plan and Prepare.

It’s one thing to have a dream. It’s another thing to turn that dream into attainable goals, says White.

When creating AcctPier Business Solutions, she found it helpful to write down her goals to keep herself accountable, and recommends both long- and short-term goals.

3. Have Patience.

You aren’t going to become a great leader overnight.

Consider Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. She did not wake up one morning and find herself in this position of leadership; she grew into it over time.

Take the experiences that come your way to sharpen your skills and grow into the leader you are meant to be.

4. Be Risky.

Once you’ve determined where you want to go, Polisky, founder of Words & Health, LLC, advises you to take risks to get there.

Vera Wang is a great example of this. After failing as a figure skater and editor for Vogue, she started a new path working for Ralph Lauren.

This pushed her into the bridal fashion design industry, and turned her into a household name in fashion.

5. Be Persistent.

White challenges women who wish to be leaders to keep pushing through the tough times, learning to take on a different perspective or angle when things don’t seem to be working as they should.

It’s OK to have more failures than successes, because that makes the success even more beneficial.

Remember, J.K. Rowling sent the first Harry Potter book to 12 different publishers before getting a “yes.”

Successful women must have a drive, passion and some inborn leadership skills. With the right combination of these, you, too, can find your success in business.

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.