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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.


“If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”
– Margaret Thatcher

professional speakerAs more women continue to climb the success ladder in today’s competitive business world, they continue to present a unique set of abilities and qualities they bring to their workplaces. The world has given us several reputed names of women leaders, such as Ginni Rometty (Chairman/CEO-IBM), Mary Barra (CEO-General Motors), Indra Nooyi (Chairman/CEO-PepsiCo), and Ellen Kullman (Chairman/CEO-DuPont).

What makes them different from others? If you are a woman who aspires to earn a name in the business world, remember that every woman leader naturally possesses a set of leadership traits. All you need to do is to recognize and develop them. Your mother, wife, or sister-in-law- all possess natural leadership skills, which make them a master of ‘opportunity management’. They simply know how to keep everything in check – business or household activities.

The important leadership traits include:

  1. Opportunity-driven

When confronted with any kind of challenge, women in leadership roles tend to find the opportunities within. If you see it as a half-empty glass of water, she will find it as half-full! Optimism is their biggest asset as this mindset makes them see the positive side in everything.

  1. Entrepreneurship

This trait is just a way of life for almost every next woman leader. They are an expert in connecting the dots of opportunity, developing relationships, and are resourceful. They know how to see through the entrepreneurial lens to locate the best opportunity for business. They prefer to remain more focused on the objective and do not appreciate any distractions during meetings. One of my women bosses once shared that women can easily play workplace politics, if required. They know how not to lose the rhythm when the need is to accomplish a specific goal.

  1. Strategic Thinking

Women have the skill to look into the smallest of details. Many talented women leaders, even do not feel shy to peel the onion to get into the roots of any important matter. Successful women leaders keenly calculate the time to be allotted for each task, anticipate the possible outcome, and play the right game. Strategically accomplishing the things within a natural speed and rhythm to avoid any risk is the art that should be learned from them. It’s not that they are afraid of taking risks, but they know how to value time and money.

  1. Purposeful

Women entrepreneurs are known to be good at inspiring others. They are purposeful and attentive about how to nurture the talent in others and work in a team. They are excellent in networking and are good listeners. This trait makes them understand and recognize the hidden opportunities in a business. When they sense tensions, successful women employees have the potential to lead and find the possible solution.

  1. Passionate

For a long time, women are stereotyped as emotional. However, I believe that they should be defined as passionate explorers who seek for excellence in everything they do. Successful leaders avoid procrastination and have a sense of control, independence, and stability. True leaders are a strong believer of team building, hard work, and passion to accomplish the goals.

  1. Perfect Balance

No one can teach how to strike a perfect balance in life than a woman leader. She manages the family and work with ease. Whether at work or home, they represent great leadership skills in keeping the things in the right order. They are the ones who naturally know how to secure the roots of either a family, or a business.

So, get ready to climb up the career ladder!

About Swati Srivastava:

Swati Srivastava is an avid writer who loves to pen down her ideas and career tips for job seekers and professionals. Her blog posts, new stories, and articles are focused on the extensive domain of employment sector in the gulf. Currently she is writing for Follow her @TwitterILinkedInIGoogle+.


Business 2 Community has a fantastic article about women leaders by Yasmina Yousfi.  Yasmina says “Nowadays, some of the best leaders on the planet are women. There’s still a lot of progress to be made where women in leadership roles are concerned, but one step forward is to look at how females tend to lead. The following leadership lessons are ones that men can learn from their female counterparts. In doing so, they can become better leaders themselves and better appreciate what women can bring to the table.”  Read the entire article here.

The Strategic Management Journal has published a study that researched how female managers affect the ability of other women to get promoted.  Unfortunately researchers found that having one female in a management position often meant that other females did not get an opportunity to follow that same path.

The journal studied management in 1,500 organizations from 1991 to 2011.  What they found was discouraging.  When a firm promoted a woman to a management position the opportunities for the rest of the female staff dropped by about 50%.

To learn more about this study read the article on Daily