5 tips for women to get ahead

By Drum Digital
16 July 2014

If you want to be a leader, you need to act like a leader and make sound, responsible decisions.

Below are five things women should do if they are looking to advance in their position.

This advice will help women overcome the myriad invisible barriers that exist within the corporate world and political system:

1. Don't wait for perfection

Many women associate leadership with perfection.  The reality is leadership is not about perfection, but values and tenacity. You don't have to be perfect, you just have to have the drive and determination to succeed.

2. Be assertive

Many men are willing to take risks, including asking for a promotion or a raise. Women can be very pragmatic, considering the risks, but not the rewards. While you do not want to go out on a limb if your request or pursuit is doomed to fail, sometimes it is worth stretching a little. The worst that can happen is someone telling you "no".

3. Manage your talent

While you should always play to your strengths and core competencies, you should consider taking a class or reading a book to develop a new skill or master one that you are weak in. Think of new ways to expand your skill set, knowledge and experiences - the more well-rounded you are the better.

4. Build allies

The more people who support you and want to see you succeed, the greater your chance of being recognized for your hard work. This doesn't mean you need to be best friends with everyone in your office, but you should develop good working relationships and develop allies who can go to bat for you if your boss has any doubts.

5. Make good decisions

Gossiping around the water cooler, brushing off an invitation to go to a braai at your boss's house because you have better plans or wearing inappropriate clothing can damage your reputation and your chance at moving up the corporate ladder.

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