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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