You’ve worked hard to establish your career, and even though you put forward your best professional efforts you may still have a few bad habits to kick. Even though more women than ever are CEO’s of fortune 500 companies and other top positions, it is sometimes still a challenge to let your strengths shine through. Make it a goal to be like these powerful women and others of great success; aim to display characteristics of women in leadership roles. Here are ways women can change those negative habits and stop chipping away at their own success:
Don’t Apologize for Having an Opinion
To add value to your company, you’re expected to share your opinion with confidence. Make sure you don’t diminish your point of view by apologizing. State your opinion clearly with confidence and your input will be received in a positive light.
Make Direct Statements
Success extends beyond just showing up. You’re invited to a meeting because your colleagues feel you have something important to share. Offer input as a statement, not as a question which shows you are questioning if your remark is believable. Own what you say through proper use of inflection and avoid speaking in a low tone. Speak with poise and be self-assured versus in a manner that sounds as though you are seeking permission.
Body Language – It’s Important
When you feel nervous, your habits tend to present themselves. Playing with your hair, messing with your clothes and wringing your hands all indicate you are uncertain of yourself. Sometimes actions done on autopilot convey this uncertainty, and the reasons we do these lie strictly on bad habits you can break.
Advise with Confidence
After adding professional input, don’t ask if you made sense. That is one of many ways you derail your credibility. Instead, ask if people have any questions. This positions you as knowledgeable instead of uncertain.
Be Proud of Your Achievements
When you receive a compliment or an award, accept it graciously. Thank people for their support. It’s okay to admit you worked hard and that you are proud of yourself and happy that your efforts paid off. Portray yourself in a positive light, but let people know you’re humble as opposed to boastful and cocky.
Dress for Work Success
People judge you based on your appearance. If you stroll into the boardroom in a wrinkled shirt, too-casual of jeans or a too-short skirt, it sends an unprofessional message and it is not one you want others to receive. Make sure your business attire is always appropriate. Error on the side of being cautious and if you have any doubt your outfit is not appropriate for the work place, you are probably right.
Work is a place where your confidence always matters. It’s easy to become intimidated, but remember you’re in your position because you deserve it. There are times everyone’s confidence is threatened, but keep your head held high and capitalize on your strengths and you will appear confident no matter how you feel on the inside.
Businesswomen, how do you show your confidence and not put down your successes?