As a woman principal and owner of my own real estate agency (a predominantly male, ego based industry), I understand that having a female perspective and leadership style places us in a rare and compelling position.
GUEST EDITOR Nicky Roche
Women have their own unique way of leading. Studies have shown this difference often results in more desirable outcomes. Not only do female-led businesses tend to be more profitable, but they are more creative and innovative. Women have a natural style of collaboration, inclusion and consultation and are empathetic and willing to do what it takes to make a deal work for the right reasons.
It is our time to lead. It is time for women to step up and leverage our natural gifts of honesty, teamwork, compassion and persuasion.
This article is a call to action for all women who are sitting on fence waiting for the catalyst to start their own business, or those not voicing an opinion in the workforce due to a lack of self-belief, or those individuals waiting for someone to recognise their talents and put them forward for a leadership role.
Be courageous enough to be a bold leader.
Own your power, as it gives you the credibility to be successful
And if you still need a little encouragement, here are a few reasons why women make great leaders:
Women make great communicators
Communication is arguably one of the most important skills in leadership – an open communication style results in clarity in executing roles and responsibilities and maximises growth opportunities for team members.
Women are empathetic
Women value relationships and have a strong understanding of what drives and motivates people, and therefore build success teams, and network exceptionally well.
Women are multi taskers
Women’s brains are designed differently, and we therefore think differently. Women are decisive and respond quickly and simultaneously to different problems, whilst weighing up more variables and considering a wider array of possible solutions.
Women dream big – they are visionary
A women with a strong and powerful voice, that has a willingness to speak her truth, is a powerful tool in facilitating change. “Women make great leaders because they have an innate ability to dream big, challenge assumptions and inspire teams — and they know how to translate big ideas into concrete action and results.” – Angela Dejene, executive vice president, Crosswind Media & Public Relations
Verbal Articulation – Words Are Women’s Tools
A well-known female talent is the feminine ability to find the right words, in any situation and under fire. Words influence, and female leaders have the powerful opportunity to express their “voices”.
Women have a high emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, and those of others with whom you interact. It allows women to work more effectively in teams, and therefore get better results. Emotional intelligence as a leader is critical.
So – what are you waiting for?
If you need a little encouragement, go and network with some successful women! After all, you are a product of the company you hang out with, so go and hang out with some inspiring, strong women!
We are a rare breed, and it is our time to lead.
Take the next step. STEP UP AND LEAD!
Nicky Roche is a serial entrepreneur with a diverse business background spanning three continents and over three decades. Her experience encompasses corporate management, business and project consulting, podcasting, real estate… just to mention a few.
Her unique background, combined with her passion to make a difference, makes Nicky well placed to understand the subtle complexities in combining the financial, logistical and emotional aspects of running your own business.
Nicky’s striving for excellence is not restricted to her business life – she believes that we each have the ability to live a fulfilled life through a combination of a clear vision, commitment to action, a healthy lifestyle, defined values and ethics. Her desire to “have a positive impact” is her driving philosophy.
Nicky lives with her husband, teenage daughter and their dogs in their haven on the Sunshine Coast.
Learn more about Nicky’s business HERE