March 8th is International Women’s Day. It’s a worldwide celebration of women, and the advances made toward equality.
As we celebrate women around the globe – all the accomplishments we have made and the many more yet to come – I looked at common traits successful women entrepreneurs and leaders have that helps them excel in their careers and business. While there are many to choose from, the following three topped my list:
1) Vision – “If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~Walt Disney
Having a dream is a powerful and motivating force for moving past “I don’t know” or “I am not sure”. When reading articles about successful women in business, it is clear that they put great thought into the values, ideas, and activities that they are most passionate about. Successful women are also able to communicate their vision with clarity and motivate others around them to ‘see’ their dream as well. They bring the people around them on board with their vision and guide them down the path.
2) Drive – “Simply saying you desire to be successful is the easy part. The challenging element is fully engaging yourself towards excellence.”
Along with vision, successful women also have drive. They are persistent and work towards their goals relentlessly. They don’t give up and don’t let others talk them out of their dreams. They show resilience, and work through set backs and struggles. Successful women learn from failures and mistakes.
3) Self-Promotion – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
Self-promotion is often seen as something negative. Self-promotion is not about bragging but it is about offering your skills and knowledge to help solve a problem. It’s about talking about what you believe in. When it comes from the heart and it is to the benefit of others it creates positive feelings and trust. Successful women are not shy about showing the value that they can add and by helping others. They don’t wait around for people to ask them for help but will freely offer it.
What other traits have you seen in the successful women that you look up to or have come across?
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