We’ve seen many examples of female leadership in the past – CEOs, philanthropic leaders, senators, justices, First Ladies – but this past weekend, we witnessed historic leaps right before our eyes as Kamala Harris, was declared Vice President-Elect of the United States.
For the first time in history, women and girls across the world will get to watch, in real time, what it means for someone that looks just like them to play the most impactful role a woman has held to date. It all makes me wonder: what will female leadership at this level look like?
This week on The Going Beyond Podcast, I had a timely conversation with Raquel Vasallo, an Elite Spiritual Advisor whose mission is to help female leaders, visionaries, and changemakers step into their higher purpose and become the leader they were born to be. In our conversation, something really struck a chord; she explained that women she’s worked with often assume they must approach work the way men do with traditional masculine paradigms with a focus on force, control and competition.
I suppose it makes sense; afterall, men have historically held higher positions of power and succeeded, so they must know what they’re doing, right? Raquel explained the answer is both yes and no.
The truth is, it’s all about balance, meaning the inherent qualities that make women excellent caregivers are in fact the very qualities that make them excellent leaders. In fact, recent studies show that countries and companies who have had the most successful coronavirus responses are those with female leaders.
Here are the inherent female leadership qualities that I’ve seen lead to success, and simple tips on how you can harness them in your work:
- Lead With Compassion – At the end of the day, we’re all human beings and we have a LOT going on in our new virtual working environment. Simply showing compassion will go a long way. Whether it’s recognizing great work or acknowledging the inevitable challenges we’re all facing while working from home.
- Explore Your Creativity – Women tend to have a free-flowing, open-minded way of thinking that we don’t utilize as often as we should because it requires a lot more time. Hosting brainstorming meetings where everyone on your team has the opportunity to freely and openly share their ideas or solutions will increase creativity and innovation.
- Look Inward – We often look to coaches, mentors and colleagues for advice and support, but while listening to others can be helpful in making informed decisions, it’s perhaps even more important to listen to your own intuition. By taking the time to do the inner work of understanding how YOU want to make a real impact, you will lead with more clarity and conviction to find your greater purpose.
For more insights on the inherent qualities that women can be tapping into to reach success and their true higher power, and the energy shifts you can make, listen to this week’s episode of The Going Beyond Podcast with Raquel Vasallo in the link below or on your preferred podcast platform!
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