The 21st century is the age of nuance. A ‘meta-skill’ for creating success in the age of nuance – changing worldview – is at the core of being a great female boss.
It is especially important for women who manage people to become adept at changing worldview – theirs and others.
Here’s why: Women, in general, fight an uphill battle with regard to being a culture fit (e.g., cultural values and beliefs) in Corporate America. For many women, success doesn't depend upon managing others in an organizational culture in which they are viewed as aligned. It depends upon changing worldview in an organizational culture in which they are viewed as counter.
Nonetheless, when you can influence others to change their worldview about women in management (i.e., from counter to aligned), for example, work becomes easier all around.
Of course, there are those you can influence – and those you can’t. What will be, will be. You’re still the boss.
Below are five (5) tips (in descending order of importance) on becoming a great female boss in the 21st century. They will help you develop your ability to change worldview -- yours and others:
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5. An authoritarian stance lacks credibility. Maintain a partnership mindset; yet be aware of and understand management boundaries. Apply firmly when necessary.
Cookin'...on the front burner.
4. Put correcting others on the back-burner. Put influencing others on the front burner. Become adept at influencing others to achieve individual, team and organizational goals.
Cool...right around the corner.
3. Manage detractors professionally. Keep your cool. She, who loses it, loses, period.
You’re so stylish, dahling.
2. Become aware of, understand and 'buy-into' the differences in masculine and feminine communication styles. (Hint: Masculine and feminine – not male and female). Communicate in the particular – integrate both styles as needed.
1. Trust until trust is not deserved – not the other way around. Extending trust first sets up cooperative relationships from the 'get-go' – which leads to success – yours and others.
Female bosses -- it's a great world, after all.
Organizational communication maven by day. Food, wine and beer buff by night. World traveler. Entrepreneurial spirit. Contact Eroca Gabriel, a former Fortune 100 ‘people and culture’ consultant, at email@example.com.
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