American Women in Business Day

What does it take to be successful as a woman in the workplace? On American Women in Business Day, leadership development expert Dr. Randee Sanders offers these tips. Randee is the Associate Director of Faculty Support and Development in the NCU School of Business, and she’s an active member of the American Business Women’s Association.

Women have to be proactive to succeed in the workplace. Here are 10 tips for women to be successful in the workplace:

  1. Have confidence. Speaking up, showing up, and dressing up for success will boost you up and inspire others in the process.
  2. Develop your emotional intelligence and self-awareness. How do you come across to others? How do they perceive you? Women who know who they are, and how they’re seen by others, are more effective, confident, respected, and promotable.
  3. Don’t be afraid to say what you want out of your career. Effectively communicating your ambitions and considerations will present opportunities in the workplace. A boss can’t give you a promotion, and a mentor help you navigate your career ladder, unless they know how high you want to climb.
  4. Be a good listener. This is a trait of all the best leaders in the world, so develop it early. Remember, listening is more than the act of not speaking. Ask probing questions. Aside from helping your team move forward on a project, this signals interest, engagement, passion, and knowledge of your field. Another very important point is to ask for help and don’t be afraid to lean on the expertise of others.
  5. Lift while you climb. As they advance, women need to open doors and bring other women with them. They’ll mentor and support others in turn.
  6. Promote yourself and your team. Don’t assume that good work always speaks for itself. Sometimes you’ve got to point out your good work for it to get the praise it deserves.
  7. Invest in You, Inc. That is, always function as the CEO of your career. Your success is your personal responsibility.
  8. Raise your hand more often. This doesn’t mean taking on every project and overextending yourself. Rather, if you believe you might have a solution to a certain problem, volunteer to look into it. This does not mean you need to promise a solution; all you need to say is, “I am going to look into this and determine if there is a better way.” 
  9. Find your champion. Every woman needs a mentor and a sponsor. A mentor is someone who has walked in your shoes and can guide you along your journey, while a sponsor is someone in the organization who is influential who can champion you, your team, or your cause.
  10. Believe, believe, and believe…in yourself!