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Have you ever seen the tagline the Future is Female? Women in leadership is a hot-button topic right now.
The world certainly is changing, and it’s thrilling to watch the excitement and energy that is surrounding women in leadership. The number of women in the boardroom is growing, albeit slowly.
Women have been making global contributions, doing life-changing incredible things, and practicing leadership for thousands of years. Not the least of which is the group of women (and men) who started a small campaign back in the early 1900’s in an effort to get the government to allow women the right to vote, which of course resulted in the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920.
That is true leadership, the ability to inspire action, move communities forward, enable positive change, and address difficult issues that face our communities.
In fact, at the University of San Diego, students have been doing research and profiling on the contributions women leaders have been making in the world. It isn’t just women leaders; there are also activists, authors, artists, athletes, actresses, entrepreneurs, and businesswomen.
These great women don’t just stumble into their success, they allow certain qualities to define how they handled the world on a daily basis. The qualities that make them successful aren’t about who they are, rather these qualities are about what they do.
Being a woman of impact in business and in life is a choice. Being a woman of impact in business and in life is a lifestyle.
Any woman can achieve this, all it takes is the drive and the desire to do so.
4 Qualities to Become a Woman Of Impact In Business And In Life
Having a positive outlook on conditions, events, and life will help you maintain an optimistic outlook. People with more optimistic outlooks are more likely to see a favorable outcome.
Not to mention the link between confidence and optimism.
Optimism leads to confidence, and these both play a part in a successful outcome, thus furthering both optimism and confidence!
If you want to make an impact, then you have to have a work ethic. This will keep you on course, even when you face obstacles or opposition.
It may feel as though persistence parades as a willingness to fail. However, persistence isn’t about the failure, rather, it’s all about how you bounce back. When you fall, you should persist in getting back up, dusting yourself off, and learning from the mistake.
Whether or not you agree with her political views, Hillary Clinton is a woman who persisted when many told her to just give up. Running for President isn’t for the faint-hearted. Going after your party’s nomination for President of the United States more than once is even rarer.
If you want to make an impact, then you should know what it is that moves you. What is it that lights your fire?
Let it ignite and burn brightly. It’s all about having a passion, a love, for what it is that you are doing, whether you are a homemaker, a kindergarten teacher, a social worker, a doctor, an executive, or an activist. Whatever it is you do: be enthusiastic about it.
Chrissy Weems is an example of someone who is focused on the purpose of doing good. Not only has she helped women earn money for their families, but Origami Owl donates to dozens of charitable organizations every year.
A Powerful Voice
Perhaps the epitome of women in leadership is the voice. A willingness to speak and to let your truth be heard. Maybe the message doesn’t match up with the status quo, maybe it isn’t a popular opinion, but still, you persist.
You don’t have to raise your voice to be powerful, but we connect through sharing feelings, ideas, and thoughts. By telling our stories, we can inspire change, and empower not only ourselves but those around us, too.
I see this in the Mamvation community founded by Leah Sedgie. She spearheads the movement that is helping women around the world make the world a healthier place. Her conference, ShiftCon, has personally helped me become more knowledgeable in many of the issues we face in our current climate. And, it is awesome to connect with other like-minded individuals who are trying to be Green Enough!
Be a Woman of Impact!
You may already be a woman of impact, and you just don’t know what effect you are having yet. Regardless, as you continue your quest of self-improvement, you can keep the above qualities in mind as you seek to make an impact in business and life.