For the most successful women on the planet, a job is not simply a job, it’s an opportunity to make a difference in as many lives as they can. For this week’s post I’m sharing 10 Success Secrets compiled by successful women in business. I always talk about how we should continue learning and growing to be our best selves. Let these ten practices and mindsets get you thinking so you can better position yourself in your workplace and set yourself up for success!
SUCCESSFUL WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE…
1.) Know the end goal before they even begin.
This is a big part of how most women become ultra successful. They have clear goals and a game plan for success. They know that winning in life and in their work requires a plan. A plan that is sufficiently flexible to allow for the uncertain times we live in, but one that also provides an anchor to navigate the many challenges that will be thrown at them so they can successfully pivot and progress.
2.) Take responsibility for their own success.
They do not play victim, because they know it’s a waste of time. Instead, they OWN their own success. They focus on the job or project in hand, and do the best with what they have, wherever they start from. They hold themselves and others accountable.
3.) Learn from the best mentors.
Successful women learn way, way faster than their peers. They acknowledge that learning from someone who has already walked the path is more efficient than re-inventing the wheel, but are not limited by those learnings. They believe that reverse-mentorship can be as powerful a resource as traditional mentorship, and are humble enough to ask for help. They actively seek out great mentors and leverage them at all stages of their careers.
4.) Make a difference.
To the successful woman in business, a job is not simply a job but an opportunity to make a difference in as many lives as they can. Purpose drives much of what they do, lead and act. As a result, the loyalty and commitment they can generate from those they lead is of an entirely different level.
5.) Master the art of balance.
They optimize their time and resources in the delicate balance between work life and personal life. They focus on what needs to be done, and also know what “not to do”. They invest in the right relationships that they know will sustain them and support them, not just in the short term but for life.
6.) Think big and take calculated risks.
They have a clear vision, can articulate that vision, and are able to take calculated risks to achieve that vision, providing their teams the reassurance that the risk is worth the return. They combine head with heart to neutralize the negativity of naysayers.
They know they can go further if they have the support systems and collaboration of their peers and organizations. They give and take support. They enter conversations with a clear idea of the value they bring to the table. They offer help and ask for help.
8.) Network & influence.
The most successful women network. They see networking as critical to influence without command or authority. They build networks of trust and mutual benefit. They are generous in sharing these networks with the people in their lives who matter. They make sincere networking integral to how they do business.
9.) Never give up.
Failure is not an option, learning is. And when they fail, these leaders rapidly take away life lessons from that experience to enable the next success. They know that success is directly proportional to determination, a great work ethic, and resilience.
10.) Look for the right life partner.
They respect themselves, believe in themselves, and are careful with their personal choices. They know that of all the success principles in life, having the support of a great life partner can be an amazing enabler for success. They know that this very important personal choice can impact their entire life, for better or worse.
What makes you successful in your field, or what areas do you find that you need to grow in? We all have room to learn from our mistakes or the practices that hold us back, but there really is no time like the present to practice habits that will ensure a great return. Start now!!! Be the best woman in business you can be!