The world would be a much better place if we supported each other while reaching our goals. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. As Madeleine K. Albright said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
I’m sure that you’ve all experienced this phenomenon. While you work hard, making sure you do your job perfectly, aiming to succeed in achieving your goals, there are often ladies who will counteract you – either by criticizing you, talking behind your back, or even taking actions to make your journey harder so they can advance before you.
I know your frustration and I can really relate to that since I’ve also been there before. Many female managers need to work twice as hard while being viewed through a magnifying glass and simultaneously navigating through competitive women. I can also understand why some women tear others down. They simply think that there is only one chair reserved for women in the boardroom.
This might have been the case in the past. However, if we focus the energy we use to compete with each other to help each other we can reserve half of the seats for smart, competent, and hungry women like us. At the same time, we make our organizations better, and in that way, we’re making the world a better place in our own way.
So How Can We Make The World a Better Place? By Empowering Each Other.
1. See Other Women As Peers, Not Competition
See other qualified and ambitious women as peers and team members that can help each other advance in their careers.
2. Be Careful of Who You Criticize
Understand that your dislike or criticism towards strong women is natural due to bias, fear, and competition. Try to see them as a person and to judge them just the way you see men.
3. Focus on Company-wide Results
Remember that together we can reserve more seats in the management room. Studies show that companies with better equality at the management level are more successful. So, in other words, you are not only helping other women, you are helping your organization succeed by supporting women.
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4. Look for Ways to Empower Other Women
Listen and see how you can help and empower other women through your contacts, your skills or even just being a supportive friend to a co-worker.
5. Pay it Forward
Once you have achieved your career vision – pay it forward! Help others on the way up by mentoring and promoting the next generation of qualified women. By using all of the human resources that we have in an equal way, we will not only make our organizations more efficient, creative, and friendly – we can also make a difference in the world.
Giving equal opportunities not based on gender or diversity while using our human capital in a much efficient way will give the world better chances to decrease poverty, illnesses, and maybe even war. In this way, we are going to have a richer, healthier world.
So ladies – let’s all help each other and make the world a better place!
Dare to make a difference!
Believing in you,
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