Why Women Are Poised to Seize the Year (Not Just the Day) in 2022 –

For decades, women have steadily made impressive strides in the political and corporate arena. Still, there is a lot of ground to cover before we become equally represented, especially at the higher ranks of the business world. But the changes that have taken place in the last two years have caused women’s leadership to leap forward.

The workplace is changing rapidly and evolving in ways that no one could have predicted just two years ago. This is a crucial time for women. The changes we have seen in the workplace necessitate the skill sets that many women naturally possess. We just need to step up and seize the challenge.

Workers everywhere are struggling with stress, anxiety and utter trauma due to the plague. If they work remotely, it is more difficult for them to connect with co-workers and leaders. And of course, the nature of the business itself is becoming more complex day by day. Problems in the supply chain, shortage of employees, new customer behaviors – all this joins a new and brave business world that women’s natural skills and abilities are perfectly adapted to navigate.

Today’s and tomorrow’s leaders need to break stigmas of mental health in the workplace and create an environment of psychological safety. Many will be asked to turn a group of scattered remote workers into a connected team. Everyone will balance a number of changing deadlines, responsibilities and challenges.

Bottom line: Women tend to do all of these things well. We have the communication skills, emotional intelligence, flexibility and agility to meet these challenges and enter more prominent roles within organizations. (No, I’m not implying that women do Better Leaders, but men and women tend to have different innate skills. In fact, organizations that merge women’s special gifts and Male leaders have a real “wow”! Factor.)

Here are ten reasons why women are uniquely ready to lead and succeed in 2022 and beyond:

Women are star collaborators …

The problems we face in the business world are more complex than they have ever been before. That means we need more points of view at the table to resolve them. Instead of competing with others, women are more likely to join forces. Which makes us perfectly suited for team leadership.

Women are not afraid to admit that they do not know all the answers. It’s always valuable, but in times of uncertainty, when no one really knows the answers, it’s even more so. Women tend to instinctively understand that working together with others to solve problems is much more powerful than an egocentric lone wolf approach.

… and we know how to share the screen.

In 2020, those of us who were not yet familiar with video conferencing, zoom meetings, virtual presentations and collaborative software were given a quick and dirty crash course. While anyone can use these resources, not everyone can use them effectively – but women’s natural skills give them an advantage.

Leaders in the virtual workspace should be comfortable bringing ideas and information to the group, while sharing this space with others. Women are great at it. We have a sense of give and take and reciprocity that pulls people out and encourages others to talk. We are good at reading non-verbal cues. These, along with communication skills and other strengths of women, can make the difference between involvement and well-being in virtual settings.

Our natural communication skills serve companies well in difficult times.

Especially in a disorder or crisis, leaders need to be very visible: share information, reassure, show empathy and compassion and strengthen the sense of brotherhood. Communication space creates anxiety (the last thing employees need in tense times anyway) and erodes trust. Women can leverage our gift of communication – and good listening – to keep people calm and focused.

Women are empathetic friends.

Thanks to the epidemic, not to mention all the social unrest, political division and economic uncertainty of the past two years, our society has undergone collective trauma. Many employees feel uneasy and uncertain, and others face mental health issues. Leaders need to be aware of how each team member is feeling and respond with care and empathy as they progress. The cultures, morals and productivity of societies depend on it.

Women are not afraid to ask for help …

Women understand that addressing any shortcomings by asking for help is often the most effective way to move forward, not a sign of weakness or failure. When you welcome constructive criticism and seek the expertise of others, potential problems are identified earlier and the best solutions rise to the top.

… or offer it.

Women do not tend to look at knowledge and expertise out of a thinking of scarcity; They know that resources are most valuable when they are shared. And they probably are Give Help as they request it. Whether in an official mentoring position, leading a team, teaching a seminar or offering advice to a new employee, women should not hesitate to pick up others.

Many of today’s leaders were guided by the women who came before them. They know what an amazing ROI return can be.

We give.

Women are natural givers and nurtures. We understand the power of giving, whether it means giving of our time, energy and emotional bandwidth to help someone solve a problem; Serves as a mentor; Or just find ways to lift people up. All of these are valuable gifts. Especially in difficult times like now when so many people are struggling with personal issues as well as their mental and emotional health. It is also worth noting that when employees feel that leaders care about and are invested in them, the preservation, morale and productivity of the company improve.

Women are not disabled from criticism.

There is a harmful stereotype that women are “soft” and “sensitive”. But in reality, women are used to living with – and succeeding in spite of – negative feedback. Explicitly and implicitly, we are all bombarded with criticisms of our careers, appearance, parenting, tone of voice, priorities and much more.

Unfortunately, women in business are used to being underestimated and have to work harder because of our gender. We practice well working with people we don’t really care about. I will not claim that condescension, judgment or criticism does not hurt; It does. But I’m encouraging because I do not see women folding under this weight; Instead, they use it as fuel for future success.

We find strength in flexibility.

The epidemic has been cruelly effective in teaching leaders the value of being able to rethink, reorganize and adapt at a moment’s notice. Many have learned to their detriment that a rigid approach of “my way or the highway” is no longer a sign of strength, but a quick way to failure in this age of unexpected and disruptive change.

Adaptability, resilience, flexibility and agility – all feminine strengths – are more in demand than ever. Women know how to navigate unexpected roadblocks while keeping the crew on board and at the destination – or change it when needed.

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We are world-class multitasking.

Over the past two years, women have interfaceed with clients, held meetings, balanced budgets, created content, dealt with supply issues, brokered labor disputes, hired new talent, and much more from their kitchen desks … often while managing their children’s virtual education, Take care of their parents and keep their households from falling apart.

It is not always easy, convenient or desirable, but women are experienced in keeping many balls in the air when needed. It gives us a right of way when leadership roles require us to oversee multiple systems, goals and employees.

Throughout history, women’s innate traits have allowed them to navigate difficult times, learn from them what they can, and progress. What does now Different is the fact that women do not have to return to the status quo after surviving a crisis. Instead, we are in a perfect position to enter into more important leadership roles than ever before. Break down barriers. And actively shape the future of the world.

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This guest post was written by Dov Bolks

Dov Bolks She is the award-winning author of “Women at the Head: What Prevents You from Leading Management”? Dov is not just a role model and a heartfelt leader; Is the ultimate authority in creating the best jobs. She has 25+ years in high-tech companies Fortune 150, leading business development teams and professional services. As an entrepreneur, she has accelerated women’s progress toward senior leadership. Dov delighted and inspired more than 1,000 audiences across North America.

About the book: Women at the Top: What Prevents You from Leading Management? (Business World Rising, 2021, ISBN: 978-1-7340761-6-5, $ 24.95) Available from major online book sellers. For more information, please visit www.businessworldrising.com.

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