In a growing time of opportunities for women in the workforce, there are still lessons that we can learn from one another. At times it may be challenging for women to navigate, especially in male dominated industries, simply because it has not been the status quo. It doesn’t take away from the capabilities of the individuals in that field, but there may be strategies to help the path of women in the future become more of the norm.
We will take a look at some of the lessons learned and hear some advice on ways to not only survive, but thrive, in the workplace, no matter where you are.
Here is an article featuring seven female leaders that offer advice to aspiring women leaders.
- “Be ruthlessly, unendingly curious. Curiosity is a requirement for identifying great entrepreneurs and companies. Read obsessively across many industries. Find smart people in the verticals you’re interested in and follow what they’re reading, writing, saying and even tweeting to develop your own point of view.” ~ Megan Quinn, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
- “I hope young aspiring female entrepreneurs will begin their careers knowing something that took me decades to learn: Not only is there no tradeoff between living a well-rounded life and high performance, but performance is actually improved when our life becomes more balanced.” ~ Arianna Huffington president and editor-in-chief, Huffington Post
- “Don’t be afraid to learn from others and try new ways to solve old problems. As much as possible, seek many external and internal perspectives. I owe much of my success to the many mentors who took time to give me genuine hard feedback. They helped build a stronger, wiser, and more mature me.” ~ Raji Arasu CTO, StubHub
- “I would advise women to take more risks early in their careers than men. There’s a natural age at which women may consider having children, and it’s best to have gotten as far as possible with your career by then so that you have the leverage to set the terms of your work when you’re a mom.” ~ Mariam Naficy founder and CEO, Minted
- “Know what you stand for and make sure the people around you know that they can count on you…I’ve learned that I need people to count on as well–people that go beyond my current company who are looking out for me personally and professionally. I call this group my ‘personal board of directors.’” ~ Carolyn Everson VP of global marketing solutions, Facebook
- “Understand what your motivators are and work to identify what you want to get out of your career, what you want to give in your career, and what you want to avoid. You truly need to know yourself and make decisions accordingly. Learn something from every experience you have, even the difficult ones, so you can always add to your experiential toolbox.” ~ Rebecca Jacoby senior VP and CIO, Cisco
- “The most important learning I would share is: Do what you love and love what you do. If you love what you do, you will remain curious to learn and your passion will be contagious. Doing what you love means also being close to your values. And don’t believe in perfection. Be kind to yourself.” ~ Blanca Juti CMO, Rovio Entertainment