As a woman in the workplace or business, regardless of hierachy, at some point you will have younger women who are climbing the corporate ladder under your leadership. I truly believe that a leadership role is a big responsibility because you play such an fundamental role in someone else’s ability to grow and in how they view their potential to navigate the corporate jungle. When I look back at my first internship at an Advertising agency in Cape Town, I worked under hard working, fair and stern female bosses who were successful in their own right. This taught me a lot about work ethic and being assertive.

Over the years, I have taken those learnings and applied them in my own career as I had a very clear picture of what it means to be a true leader (not only just a boss). It taught me to never close the door behind me, but to rather expose other women to opportunity whenever I had the power to do so. And most importantly to be firm, stern and assertive, but remain kind at all times especially if you know the impact of having a bad boss. At 30 years, here is what I have learnt about leadership:

  • Be your team’s supporter and encourage young women to have a voice. Enable them to do great work and give credit where credit is due
  • Be firm and consistent. Make use of your team members’ individual strengths
  • Make decisions based on productivity, not politics
  • Be specific in your feedback at all given times
  • Give them access to platforms (invite them to shadow you to meetings that would ordinarily be reserved for senior staff
  • Do not speak about Politics or Religion in common staff meetings. Actually nowhere near the workplace
  • Keep an open door policy and conduct regular one-on-one meetings
  • Understand the importance of financial stability. When you have the power, ensure that they get fair incentives, market related or otherwise. And help with career development (support further studies etc.)
  • Be a role model and lead by example

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader..”

 

 

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