Female Executives’ Careers Don’t Need to Stall
But many female executives’ careers stall when they reach a senior level in their organisation. They don’t need to!
Are you one of those female executives who feels frustrated because you’re not making headway with your career and not being offered the promotion you’re after. (Of course, male executives’ careers stall too. But women tend to have a different experience with career progression.)
It’s not a good idea to:
- Work harder. So many female executives think they need to put in more hours to get a promotion. But working harder isn’t your solution for career progression.
- “Bang your fist on the table” in an attempt to change the male-dominated culture you’re in—or to attempt to break down “the boys club” in your organisation.
We need to consider that a female executive’s struggle is so often because she’s developed self-sabotaging habits that stand between where they are and where they aspire to being…
More Often Than Not, It’s What Goes On In Your Head That Stalls Your Career
You’ll experience greater success when you adjust your thinking.
As a female executive, it’s important that you:
- Quickly turn things around when you feel like an imposter in your role.
I regularly notice female executives reach new heights in their careers—and then feel stifled by subtle, internal doubts. They can learn to lose this self-judgement and doubt about their leadership capabilities.
When a spotlight is shined on their self-doubts, they realise that the doubts are something that they can control. And this control will make a radical difference to their effectiveness as an executive.
- Speak your truth with courage and confidence
—even when you’re worried that your opinion’s not going to be popular or when you’re not feeling 100% certain about your stance.
Women have a strong need to be authentic and speak their truth. For example, things take a positive shift when they assertively (and without ego) speak with clarity about their achievements—which allows their potential as a senior executive to show through.
- Feel like you’re “thriving”, not just “surviving”.
Thriving feels fabulous. Surviving doesn’t!
Feeling like you’re just surviving is exhausting and it’s most certainly not where you do your best work. If you’re an overloaded female executive, you can learn to design and develop a turn-around.
Imagine how it’ll be when you don’t have that “dead-in-the-water” feeling!
Your Call to Action
You know the truism, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
You can take actions that will accelerate your career.
Being alert to when you feel like an imposter in your role, to when you’re not authentically saying what’s true for you and to when you feel like you thriving but not surviving, is a good first step.
Finding a safe place to talk issues through—to discover where your thinking is off-track and to find a way to resolve your fears and concerns—is a realistic next step.
“Knowing I have you there to bounce things off—no matter where I am at—means so much.
Knowing I have the support there is often all I need to get back in the game.
It’s like a life raft that buoys me when I need it most.
Thank you so very much.”
—Senior leader, NFP organisation