Today is International Women’s Day, so what better time to celebrate women in the workplace?
There was a time when women weren’t even allowed in the workplace — and if they were, they were treated pretty poorly and only given menial tasks to complete.
Guess it was our tiny lady brains holding us back from doing “real work”?!
Luckily, the times are a-changing; diversity and equality are now being celebrated in workplaces all across the world.
The number of successful female entrepreneurs, women in senior staff positions and female industry leaders is higher than ever, paving the way for the next generation of powerful women.
Of course, there is still a lot of work to be done. After all, one of the reasons that we celebrate International Women’s Day is because we still haven’t achieved full gender equality.
There are still fewer women in business and politics than men, and there is still a noticeable gender pay gap across the globe.
But progress is definitely being made, and there are some incredible women in business out there who have overcome the barriers meant to stop them.
It’s time to celebrate all of the awesome qualities and skills that women bring to the workplace.
Inspirational team players
Women tend to work well in groups — we’re natural team players with the ability to share, communicate and work together to reach our goals.
If you work for — or own — a start-up or small business, you’ll know that it’s crucial to have a team that works successfully together. In these cases, teamwork doesn’t just make for a pleasant office culture — it can also be vital to the survival of your company.
Female teamwork isn’t just restricted to the workplace either. It’s something that has transcended office space and reached out to other women across different businesses, industries.
One of the awesome things that we’ve noticed as women in business is the number of female entrepreneurs that use their success to lift other women up — sharing stores or advice on social media or their own platforms.
Help and teamwork can also be found in the many online female entrepreneur networks that have been formed to support and promote women in business around the world.
If you’re a businesswoman looking for advice, inspiration or networking opportunities, then it’s definitely worth joining one or more of these awesome communities.
Women make for amazing leaders. Of course, a person’s leadership abilities can’t be based on their gender. Everyone has individual characteristics, skills, and strengths that play a factor in their propensity to lead.
However, there are some inherently feminine qualities that contribute to women being heralded as effective leaders. We’re motivated, flexible, excellent communicators, and passionate in what we do.
These attributes don’t just serve individuals — they help to elevate our teammates and other women in our industries.
For example, there are many successful female entrepreneurs and CEOs that share their stories to inspire and empower women in their industries and beyond.
Just look at the female founders of huge brands, like Sara Blakely of Spanx (who currently holds the title of the youngest self-made female billionaire in the US) and Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post.
Both women, and many others share their journeys and advice in the form of books, interviews, blog posts, and podcasts, to motivate others.
These women haven’t just created businesses — they’ve also successfully built their own personal brands that win trust and influence others.
It’s what we love about the majority of women in business. We’re not just content with earning our own success— we want to see the rest of our gender achieve success too.
Effective communicators and natural mediators
One typically female trait that we should always celebrate is our ability to communicate clearly and efficiently.
On the whole (of course, there are always exceptions), women tend to be much better communicators than men.
Clear communication is vital to the success of any business, regardless of whether the people you’re communicating to our teammates, third-parties, and customers.
A lack of communication can cause mixups, waste company time and money, and set back projects in a huge way.
That’s why it is so important to keep your comms channels open — and not just to talk, but to really listen to what the other person is saying.
And when it comes to resolving conflicts and giving constructive feedback, we’re good at conveying what we mean to say with tact and aplomb.
Women tend to be empathetic, natural mediators; treading sensitively in order to avoid hurting feelings and misunderstandings.
This is because we have high emotional intelligence, and are usually very good at recognizing emotions in ourselves and others.
Strong organizational skills & goal-oriented planning
Women in the workplace are more inclined to have a holistic approach to their work — recognizing the impact that each task or project has on their plans, but also the wider business.
It’s what makes them better at organizing their workdays (and those of others), juggling multiple tasks, and finding success.
Maybe it’s because we’ve always had to be one step ahead when it comes to assessing what the future holds for us, but women are great at planning out their careers and goals too.
Whether this is a regimented ten-step career plan, or using a more spiritual approach like using a vision board to help you focus on and realize your goals — women have it sussed.
It’s probably something to do with our natural ability to multi-task; women are used to balancing careers, partners, children, aging parents, and social lives (as well as fitting in a bit of “us time” occasionally!).
We’ve always had to do this, which means we’re naturals when it comes to juggling multiple plates, adjusting to changes and making difficult decisions.
Balance and diversity
The theme for #IWD2019 is #BalanceForBetter: the idea that a gender-balanced world is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
This means taking a closer look at boardrooms, employees, media and wealth, and establishing how we can collectively act and take responsibility for driving change.
Balance in the workplace is another positive outcome that women can bring. Not only is the inclusion of female employees a step towards professional and social equality for women themselves, but it also encourages creativity and dynamic strategizing.
Women bring different skillsets, feminine insight and personal experience to their roles, proving that inclusivity and diversity in the workplace can only lead to a more successful business model.
International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate women in the workplace and the amazing attributes they bring — elevating businesses and industries and driving them towards success.
We’re looking forward to watching the progress we have made towards gender balance grow even more over the coming years.
Happy International Women’s Day 2019, everyone!
Kayleigh Alexandra writes for Micro Startups, a site dedicated to giving through growth hacking. Stop by to read about the latest developments in the startup world, and follow her on Twitter @getmicrostarted.
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