We may have often heard many women say this throughout our lives: “I can’t stand other women!”
In the midst of all the animosity we might have developed towards the women around us, it can often make us unaware of the influence women have in today’s society.
After doing some research, I found some advice by great women in leadership and managerial positions on how to be a powerful woman.
Sometimes it is not just about talent that helps you achieve your goals, but the ability to bounce back up when you are pushed down.
Many women in leadership positions said that they used negative criticism to motivate them to work harder rather than let it tear them down.
Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. —Steve Maraboli, author of Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Kanya King, founder and chief executive officer of MOBO awards, said that her sisters used to tell her that in order for her to be taken seriously, she needed to wear her hair in a bun, wear no make-up, and speak in a more aggressive tone. “But that just wasn’t me,” she continued.
So often, we are afraid to be authentic because we might feel that it will allow others to attack our flaws.
But by being authentic, we create a place for people to be vulnerable with us, especially when they can see that we are comfortable with being open with others.
Focus on the strengths
In a world where perceptions on femininity have been viewed as incompetent, it is understandable why women started the feminist movement in order to gain respect and equality.
As important as that is, it is easy to lose ourselves and forget the strengths we have as a woman.
After the announcement mistake of the winner during the crowning of Miss Universe 2015, Miss Malaysia Vanessa Tevi Kumares was the first to congratulate Miss Philippines on stage while everyone else was busy comforting Miss Columbia.
Many viewers, especially from the Philippines, expressed their approval by thanking both Miss Malaysia and Miss Bulgaria for being such good sports.
When women focus on each other’s strengths instead of backbiting one another, they can become a powerful force and a great example to be reckoned with.