The Odds Are Against You
This is astounding, especially given that women are 20% more likely than men to graduate from college and enter the workforce.
This means that YOU have a long way to go for equal representation and equal pay. About 25-50 percent to be exact, depending on your race.
Women in the Workplace Lack Confidence
That’s what I call - ridiculous. WHY are we not past this already?
According to most recent studies on gender equality issues in the workplace, what holds you back from earning what you deserve and advancing to more leadership positions is your lack of confidence.
That means that men are more confident to ask for what they want, to go for a promotion, to negotiate for a higher salary or take on a new project than you are.
How does that feel? Not very good, huh? I know.
Don’t beat yourself up though. I believe that collectively, we have never been here before. Our evolution as a gender hasn’t caught up with the times that call us to act in new and different ways from precedents of the past.
How do we overcome gender discrimination, inequality in the workforce and the wage gap when we’re already 20-50 feet behind the starting line?
Confidence is often delivered to us from the outside even though it can only be harnessed from within.
I truly believe that the biggest key to your success depends on your ability to surround yourself with women who inspire and encourage you to be better in your work and to ask for what you deserve - women who lead by example with power and grace.
Boost your confidence by surrounding yourself with trusted advisors, mentors, colleagues and friends who lift you up, empower you and encourage you to reach high.
Surround Yourself With Support
How do you find these women? What women do YOU go to for mentorship and inspiration? Where do you get the boost of confidence you need to ask for what you deserve and stand up for your right to be heard? Sometimes those women appear organically through your community and other times you have to hire them.
I have a therapist, a business coach and a mastermind group to support me. Not to mention I surround myself with dozens of strong, powerful and graceful women.
These women have saved me years of spinning my wheels and innocent mistakes. THEY are a big reason why I had the confidence to ask for a 25 percent raise when I was employed, to start my own business and to buy my home by myself (and a few good men deserve some credit, too - thanks Dad!).
Don’t Be Afraid to Invest in Yourself
If you are at a career crossroads, trying to create meaning and impact in your work, but feel lost or overwhelmed, get some help.
Period. Don’t wait a minute longer.
If you look around for women leaders to model your career after and find no one lending a helping hand, maybe it’s time to try something different?
Build a community of advisors, experts and trusted friends to help you make wise choices in the face of challenging situations.
If you don’t hire me as your career coach - hire someone to help you navigate the challenges of being a woman in today’s workforce.
If you can’t afford anyone, ask someone you admire and trust - man or woman - to be your mentor.
If you feel completely lost and don’t know where to start, comment below and tell me how I can help.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African Proverb
Get support today. One good woman can change your life.