For many generations globally, women have been disregarded more often than not especially in the professional sphere. The situation has improved over the years, but the issue is still prevalent.
This International Women’s Day, we would like to do our part in eradicating inequality by offering some advice that might be helpful, especially for women in the workforce.
1. Embrace your femininity with confidence
Acknowledge and be proud of the fact that you are a woman. Your femininity is what separates you from men. Embrace the differences. Take time to realize that in every group, there is a need for various strengths and personalities to compliment each other. Once an ideal balance is achieved, it will become an invincible team. Confidence is something your co-workers can see and feel, it will make them want to trust and support you. You may be surprised how much a dose of confidence can do to you.
2. Speak up in meetings
Research by Harvard Business has identified that women are less prone to speak up in work settings and meetings. When asked why, these women said they thought they didn’t have good ideas, didn’t want to appear aggressive or were afraid of being wrong. To overcome this hurdle, walk in to the meeting room prepared. Do your homework and always solicit feedback after a presentation. Be confident in your thoughts and know that your opinion matters as much as every other person in the room. Speak with your heads up, a clear voice and most importantly, with assurance.
3. Don’t say “Yes” to everything
Whilst working diligently up the corporate ladder, do recognize the fact that being a “yes” employee does not make you a good employee. It is crucial to have a mind of your own to bring in unique proposals and stand out from the crowd. Additionally, this makes your co-worker know for a fact that you are not a stepover who accepts all sorts of nonsense. Reject and fight for your rights when you must. It sounds so seemingly easy, yet many struggle to oppose someone of a higher authority.
4. Play to your strengths
We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom at a workplace that women can only become successful by taking cues from their male colleague. However, that is not true as proven time and time again by successful women globally. Rather than conforming to norms and stereotypes, women should embrace innately “female” characteristics such as risk awareness, long-term thinking, and empathy. If you play your cards right, who knows, this might be the turning point in your career.
With the above points, we hope to help every woman ace and reach their fullest potential in both professional and personal areas. We would like to conclude this post with a collage of Qourier’s women, whom never cease to inspire each other every single day to be better and bolder. #PressForProgress