Only four of the Fortune 500 companies are headed by women, 6.2 percent hold positions in the C-suite. Three things can hold a woman back from becoming successful : (1) failure to understand biological differences between male and female brains; (2) stereotypes about women; and (3) negative self-beliefs.
Most women have the natural ability to create bonds and effective relationships, however few know how to use this in a smarter, more purposeful way to get what they want.-seeking a promotion, higher salary or proposing a new idea.
Here are some strategies for Women to get what they want:
1-Ask for what you need ! Stop the fear of asking. We are all been educated to be nice girls that do not ask. So use a direct communication way and start asking for what you want
2-Negotiate ! Men are four times more likely to get higher salaries than women because they are not afraid to negotiate. As Ronna Lichtenberg says in her book “Pitch like a girl “, you have to find your negotiation style and use it to negotiate everything and anything.
3-Personal Branding! Me, Myself and I Inc: define your values, skills, strength and what makes you unique and valuable on the market. Create a mission statement and a compelling vision. Investigate your target audience and reach people through networking. Focus on people who are potentially willing to hire you, do business with you or help you reach your goals. Get all your marketing strategies on line with your brand’s values. Drop activities that do not serve you but take too much of your time. Focus on the 20% that brings 80% of your results.
4-Plan to Succeed! Make a strategic plan that inspires you. Write down your dreams in a journal, know where you want to be, what you want to accomplish and start by the end to list your goals backward to get you there. List your personal objectives for each year, review your life goals and mission statement as often as needed to adapt quickly to changes.
5-Be a Risk taker and compete: take realistic challenges but stretch them to get out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to promote your ideas. Practice shameless self-promotion but with cultural sensitivity.