Many of us want to achieve as much as we can as quickly as we can, but how many of us when asked by a potential new employer or a potential new business client, about the value you bring them, are able to give an immediate and confident reply?
If you can’t be quick and confident, then you better be prepared for not getting noticed, a raise, a higher position or losing the client. You must be able to answer this question with ease and confidence, as well as being very specific about the skills you have and what you can do for the person asking the question If you can answer it, it will help you achieve your goals quicker that you ever thought possible.
So how do you define your skills and capabilities? Try this easy assessment tool.
- On an 8.5 x 11inch piece of paper create the table and write down everything in red. Your table can list up to 10 rows instead of 3. Leave the rest of the squares blank.
- In column # 1, Previous Experience you could write Product Development, Instagram Expert, Process Management.
In column # 3, Transferable Skills- you could include Budgeting, Problem Solver, Team Leader.
In column # 5, Personality- you could have Quick Learner, Analytical, Goal Oriented.
- When done, go back over each list and in the blue columns 2,4 and 6 list those same skills but in order of level of enjoyment or competence.
- Write down the top 50% of skills from each blue columns
Now you have a list of skills that you use to create a resume or compose a personal value statement. These skills will be the foundation of the strategy you will use to answer the question of what value do you bring with you?
Always know the value that you bring and be ready to share that value whenever necessary, and be the Champion of your career!
Our image of leadership has always been masculine. Society has rewarded men who are daring, fearless, and dominant. Make no mistake, these masculine qualities are what made America grow into a great nation.
What is needed now to solve today’s quagmire of complex issues, are feminine qualities that guide people to work in community to solve problems. Feminine qualities such as deep listening, inclusion, collaboration, and support for others. It is these feminine leadership qualities that are critical for success in the 21st-century business environment.
In the past these qualities have been ridiculed and marginalized and thought of as unnecessary “soft qualities.” They are the exact opposite. These are the qualities necessary to create a strong adaptable business organization, with effective working relationships based on a solid sense of community in the work culture.
In actuality, these “soft qualities” are not easy and their complexity makes them hard to acquire, learn, and develop. Yet we have been honing these very powerful qualities since we were little girls.
It is worth mentioning that a 2016 survey of nearly 22,000 firms in 91 countries by the Pearson Institute for International Economics, found that the profitable corporations that went from having no female leaders to a 30% representation, gained a 15% increase in their financial position.
Like the superheroes of our mythos who came into being when we most needed them, our world desperately needs your feminine qualities. When you embrace their power and you proudly and openly use those qualities, you are helping to validate the new kind of leadership as feminine, and it is just as powerful as masculine. Then come and take your rightful place at the new leadership table of women and men equally working together to solve our national problems.