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Women and Minorities Make Slow Progress in Filling Ranks at Law Firms by Elizabeth Olsen

Women and minorities continued to make small, slow gains in their numbers at major American law firms last year, according to the National Association for Law Placement, a legal employment tracker.  Read more.

The Atlantic has a fascinating article about the women who wanted to become president before Hillary Clinton.

The article begins:

Hillary Clinton may become the first female president of the United States, but she is not the first woman who has run for the job.

This year alone there are five women who have earned their party’s nomination—including the Green Party’s Jill Stein and the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s Gloria La Riva, who has been on various Socialist tickets for more than 30 years.  Read the rest of this article here.

In Memory of LT Valerie C. Delaney, USN a foundation was established by her family to promote and support women in all fields and to inspire future generations of female leaders.  The foundation provides a yearly scholarship for one deserving woman and provides mentors to many women each year.  You can learn more about the Wings for Val Foundation at their website.

 

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It’s rightly stated that leadership often seems inconspicuous, if one overlooks the traits pertaining to the same. Building on the same line of thought, one can’t simply respect or value a leadership gesture without identifying the characteristics that cause it. Of course, stemming out of this identity crisis woman leaders are falling victim to ignorance at workplace. Today’s women has risen from the grounds of uncertainty to go beyond the expected and score laurels for the society. For instance, at S & P 500 companies 4.8% of the CEO positions are held by women. Although this doesn’t account for the majority, but the growth trajectory also needs some consideration.

Be it Margaret Thatcher or Mother Teresa, women in leadership have always adorned global history. However, people today still walk on with the sounds of ‘ignorance is bliss’ playing out loud in their heads. A lady might manage to be the perfect homemaker and still nip her tasks at work, in short – be the master of opportunity management. But, the world she lives in will nag her with their stereotypical thoughts and continue to undervalue any initiative at her part.

Mentioned below are 4 such traits which are quite quintessential to the existence of women, yet are underestimated by the crowd. Go through them with due consideration to bring about a change.

1)    Being A True Opportunist

Women have a constant habit of looking for opportunities whenever confronted with challenges. Optimistically they push their efforts beyond the limit to achieve results that not only benefit them, but all in general. Now that’s an essential leadership trait, but nobody cares!

Their mindset is dipped in pure optimism to find opportunity in everything they see. For example, the two marketing techniques quite prominent by the name-‘the free gift’ and ‘gift-with-purchase’ were nothing but the result of a Hungarian mother’s sheer inventiveness during adverse times.

2)    Strategic Thinking

You might have seen your mother or wife keeping things in right balance, even with a meager budget that you see as peanuts. As small as it may seem, but that’s the ability to envision results and form strategies to achieve them.

At times they ‘play the part’ to test the intentions of those around, hence rightly judging the reliability factor. Seriously, successful women know when to break free from the shackles of ambiguity and anticipate the unexpected.

Be it any organization you pick, women tackle risk ahead of time to get the root cause of a problem and solve for it, efficiently.

3)    Entrepreneurial Skills

Isn’t entrepreneurship an integral part of a woman’s reflexes? They prove to be extremely resourceful in connecting the right dots and develop the necessary link to get dome with the job at hand. Like a true entrepreneur, they keep a bull’s eye focus on the objectives and sustain the required momentum. In addition to this, creativity seems to be persistent in every action they carry out. Being at par with the responsibilities they’re assigned, women have every modicum of courage it takes to get an idea to work. Sounds like true entrepreneur, right?

4)    Finding a Purpose to Everything

Women leaders have always enjoyed inspiring others to believe and accomplish whatever they desire. They are well-acquainted with the feeling of being an underdog and incessantly suppressed by the ones they’re around. Having high standards they make it difficult for others to abuse any special privileges and be unjust.

Plus, they’re excellent networkers who value the idea of others and put forth a rational frame of mind to convert what is impossible into goals that require due efforts.

In short – women have always been the nucleus of this rapidly changing global scenario. Being the harbingers of accomplishments, they don’t demand for a shout-out in their favor. All they need is due recognition, wherever fair. Rest will fall in place by itself.

Author Bio: Swati Srivastava is an avid writer who loves to pen down her ideas and career tips for job seekers and professionals. Her articles are published on several reputed career sites.  Currently she is writing for Naukrigulf.com.

Becoming a strong female leader in the workplace can take a great deal of time and experience. Even the most naturally inclined leaders and the most confident women can struggle to assert themselves in professional environments, where there is often a unique atmosphere to get used to. There are plenty of ways to gain the experience needed to become a strong workplace leader, and first among them is experience in that workplace. But if you want to prepare yourself to exhibit leadership skills even in your early days in a company, you may want to give some thought to an MBA education.

The MBA is considered by some to be old fashioned. Dale Stephens of The Wall Street Journal even published a piece a couple years ago in which he argued that the MBA is not worth its generally hefty price tag, and that opinion has gained some steam in the time since. There’s certainly something to this: the MBA programs at most top schools can cost well over $100,000 in tuition, leading to burdensome student loan debt that can only be paid off by those who get the very best jobs after graduate school. But this sort of analysis tends to only address the most tangible values of an MBA—as in, the degree itself and the job you get after you obtain it.

The true value of advanced business education, for many women, is more intangible. The process of earning an MBA can help you to build a network, discover your talents and shortcomings, and figure out how you’ll best be able to succeed in business before you’re actually challenged to do so. And through these and other benefits, an MBA education can also serve as an invaluable means of developing workplace leadership skills.

For starters, you’ll have a better idea of your own qualities and ambitions, and that clear-headedness is a handy foundation for leadership. Alice van Harten of Menlo Coaching teaches this concept even to new students applying to business school. Her program helps students to craft MBA application essays, and the students rave about the chance to develop their own responses and understand their own experiences and goals. This understanding can drive an MBA education and help you to emerge as a young businesswoman with purpose and direction, rather than a young employee seeking a way to fit in.

Other intangibles articulated well by Get Rich Slowly’s J.D. Roth include elements of prestige and timing. While it sounds almost silly to say so, an MBA does still carry a certain level of prestige that can lend you credibility in your company and ultimately as a leader. Somewhat similarly, there is a point-of-entry factor to consider when you start work after an MBA. Because many switch careers after business school, you’re likelier to be viewed as a capable young worker with the tools to succeed, as opposed to an employee who’s merely been looking to climb the ladder. All of this can help to position you for leadership.

These benefits, in addition to the actual skills you learn in business school, can make for a very genuine preparation for leadership in a work environment. It’s perfectly true that MBA education now involves tricky decisions regarding return on investment, but there may still not be a better way to enter a workplace ready to excel, rather than simply succeed.

Shannon Leonard is a freelance writer based out of Los Angeles, Calif. She typically covers anything in the realm of business, finance, careers, and similar topics. You can follow her on Twitter at @STLeonard28.