A new article from Maria Shriver’s website is outlining the three most important lessons we can learn from female CEOs—from balancing self-confidence and nerves to lending a hand to other women. These lessons are valuable for women and men inside and outside of the corporate world.
Three lessons we can learn from female leaders
The piece was written by Julia Boorstin, CNBC’s Senior Media & Tech Correspondent, who describes her own thoughts on gender equity today. “From what I’ve learned over my past twenty odd years of business reporting is how women have had to be far more scrappy, flexible, thick skinned, and innovative—and how the companies they have built have also taken on those characteristics,” She wrote.
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“I’ve found that women’s strengths have often been overlooked or simply not associated with great leadership,”Boorstin went on. She then listed the three most important lessons she’s learned about what happens when women lead.
Her number one lesson? “Superpowers don’t always look like powers,”Boorstin stated that this means women who are in leadership roles have different approaches to achieving their goals. These approaches may not seem to be traditional but they are effective. “research shows that there is a more varied and counterintuitive set of leadership qualities that yield better results—for both women and men.”
Boorstin also discussed the importance of knowing when you should dial down your self confidence. “Being honest about your lack of certainty—signaling vulnerability—can invite trust and encourage people to share honest feedback,”The reporter elaborated. “Then what’s important is finding the right moment to dial self-confidence back up again, to execute. It’s actually the balance of self-confidence and humility that enables a growth mindset, which seems valuable for anyone.”
Perhaps her last lesson is the most important. “Nothing is more powerful than women helping one another.”Boorstin wrote of the strength of groups of women and cited research that showed women are more effective negotiators when working for another person.
Boorstin encourages women to ask questions ‘Other Women For Professional Help’
“That fierceness can be unleashed and adapted so women can apply it on their own behalf,”She ended her remarks. “I’m hopeful that women will begin to feel liberated from the socially imposed discomfort about asking other women for professional help.”
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Boorstin’s observations about the benefits that come from having women in leadership roles seem obvious, but they are lessons that many have overlooked. Her article serves as a reminder of these lessons and provides encouragement to women who wish to rise in the corporate world.