7 Top Tips to For Building Confidence For Women in Business and Leadership

As a woman leader in business you always need to know how to build on your levels of confidence. The good news is that staying confident in your abilities is something that you can control. These 7 top tips give you specific ways that you can develop your abilities and increase your self awareness in leadership.

1. Listen. Listening is one of the most important skills for any leaders to develop. It is more important than speaking skills as listening lets you form the foundation for a good public speech. Learn to listen to the right people who have wisdom to share. Be selective about whom you listen to and the type of information you feed to your brain. Verify information and be sure your sources are accurate and worthwhile. There’s so much talking and things being said that it’s easy to get confused. You can’t be a confident leader if you design your information base from faulty materials, so learn to listen carefully.

2. Prepare. A confident leader is a prepared leader. She knows what she will present and how to present it. Preparation even means having the right materials in order for you to present a professional and powerful image through your dress and accessories. Don’t wait until the last minute to pull things together that you need to be a confident leader. By staying prepared, you can accept an invitation that could expand you career at what seems like a moment’s notice, because you are always ready to make a move. Preparation is the key to being confident because you will know what you can do and what you understand about a situation. Preparation is how leaders stay confident in all circumstances.

3. Mentor. Leaders learn how to lead by watching the steps of a mentor. A mentor is usually a person who is wiser in an area than you. You can’t learn everything from a book; practical knowledge is needed to know how the theories actually work. Find a mentor to show you the insider ropes to leadership. Mentoring is a needful skill for women in leadership and one that many women are not provided with on a normal basis. If you don’t have a person to mentor you in your local area of company, look for a professional mentor or leaders in professional associations or organizations locally or online. Contact that person and ask them to be your mentor.

4. Network. A confident leader will have a strong network of influential people that she can call on in a variety of circumstances. Your network should have people who provide insider information, can provide contacts that move your goals along, and be people who can tell you where to go and when to increase your visibility and opportunities. Carefully create a strong network of power brokers that you can nurture and grow in order to build your leadership confidence.

5. Assess. Take time to assess your personal and professional background and realize how many sills and abilities you actually have. It’s easy to forget how skilled you might actually be because of your busy lifestyle. You might have forgotten that you already know what a lot of people are trying to learn. You can find opportunities to teach, lead, guide and mentor from a data base of skills you already possess. This lets you understand the range of your capabilities and potential.

6. Train. Stay on top of the latest technology and continue to increase you knowledge in areas pertinent to your leadership. Taking courses to increase your skills is easy with the addition of online and offline classes. You can find a course in almost any topic. Don’t get behind when it’s simple to stay ahead of the learning curve by getting the training and education you need. Go to workshops and seminars include those designed especially for women in leadership positions.

7. Read. Leaders are readers. It is known that people who lead will read at least 12 books on business and leadership a year, if not more. Pick up a book and read it. Learning just one new concept or technique will be worth the price. Also get a subscription to a leadership magazine and read monthly updates on what people are doing in different industries. Take ideas from one place and use them to enhance the operations where you are. Read newspapers, special reports and white papers and online ezines designed for women leaders.

These 7 tips provide important ideas that you can use to increase your levels of confidence as a women leader. You can take immediate responsibility for your leadership growth by doing the things that let you know you are prepared, ready and able to lead when the time comes.

Energy The First Requisite for Women in Business Traveling the Road to Success

To achieve more success through balance requires huge amounts of emotional, mental and physical energy. Finding that energy and more importantly sustaining that energy is a constant challenge that we, women, face in successfully jumping over the daily hurdles in our travels on the road to success.

Having a written action plan is probably the best way to sustain the energy that we need as women. When that plan is based upon the Life Wheel, we can construct achievable goals to keep ourselves infused with a constant stream of energy.

The written goals within this plan should be balanced just like the tires on a car. When the wheels are balanced and aligned, less energy is used and greater performance is the result. We discover that jumping over those hurdles is easier because we know where those hurdles are.

To keep the energy flowing, we must be mentally and physically engaged. Our physical health is critical to our personal success. This is why the physical and mental aspects of our lives counter balance each other.

Energy is just not relegated to our physical and mental health, but to our purpose and ethics and beliefs. When we engage in activities that we know are against our purpose and contrary to our ethics and beliefs, we lose energy.

Sustaining and creating energy is more often than not about not losing energy. The recent publicity about the movie The Secret and theory behind that movie The Law of Attraction, is very much about energy. When we are with positive people and think positive thoughts, our energy is both sustained and created. However, when we think negative thoughts and associate with negative people our energy is substantially reduced.

Too often we allow time to dictate our behaviors. We need to plan for down time so that we can those moments of personal reflection that usually increase our energy.

And, we need to make time for those activities where we can be with other positive people who provide us with sustainable energy. What this really boils down to is a choice. The better you choose to plan your life, the more energy you will have.

And if you are not convinced by these words, then listen to the wise words of someone who failed many times:

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary. – Thomas Alva Edison

How Women in Business Can Thrive in a Down Economy and Help Get the Whole Thing Back on Track

Right now, as I’m writing this, the U.S. economy is in the toilet… still. People feel defeated. They feel afraid. For the first time in decades people are wondering if the next generation is going to be worse off than the current one.

It’s a frustrating time. But it’s also exciting because more than ever women are ready to think big. They’re ready to be invigorated. That’s what the Badass Business Women movement is all about-giving you a great big jolt of adrenaline that leaves you with no more excuses for sitting still. It’s time to DO something.

Women can turn this economy around… just look at the numbers from the Marketing to Women Conference.

  • Women make 85% of consumer purchases.
  • 91% of new homes are purchased by women, 67% of computer purchases, 92 percent of vacations, four fifths of all healthcare purchases, 65 percent of cars, 89 percent of bank accounts opened, 93 percent of food purchases, and 93 percent of over-the-counter medications… all transactions handled by women.
  • In the next decade women will control two-thirds of all wealth in the U.S.
  • Women start 70 percent of new businesses.
  • 79% of women willingly support other women-owned business.

That adds up to a driving force in the economy… and we need that. But it isn’t just in down times that the world needs more Badass Business Women. It’s in the up times, too. Fully-engaged, fully-realized women running businesses, making innovations, and providing insights and ideas is always a good thing.

We’ve come so far in the last century, but there’s still a distance to go. There’s still a gap in the value society puts on work done by women versus work done by men. Only 2% of the world’s billionaires are women.
We’re ready for the next step forward. When women really embrace themselves and their potential… when they bring their creativity and approach to problems into the workplace… when they lead with a grace and energy that doesn’t leave any room for self doubt, we’re going to see big changes in the professional world and the economy.

We don’t just want to see more women in business… we want to see more Badass Business Women: women who know themselves and what they have to offer, who bring out the best in others, and who are confident, ambitious, creative and compassionate.

You put yourself on track to being a Badass Business Women by doing three things…

First, take an hour or an afternoon or even a whole day and make an appointment with yourself. Go somewhere you can think without being interrupted and then think about what you really want from your professional life. Come up with a solid idea of where you want to be in three years and from that, formulate a specific goal.

Second, write your goal down and then create a task-oriented plan to achieve your goal over three years. Set objectives and target dates. Make task lists to achieve the objectives.

Third, go public with your goal. Let people know what you want to do, especially those people in your life that go one step beyond supporting you and who actually challenge you to be the best you possible.