Advice for Successful Female Entrepreneurs and Leaders from a Business Coach for Women
By, Esther Spina
Business Coach for Ambitious Women & Female Entrepreneurs
Inspired by Chapter 8 of my Amazon Best-Selling Book,
LIVE A HUMBLE LIFE!
We’ve all been in that boardroom or meeting when someone’s ego has taken over and they can’t stop praising their own achievements. Their pride is out of control and no one else can get a word in edgewise.
No one wants to be that person, but how do we keep our ego in check and our feet on the ground as our business grows?
In this blog, I’ll share tips I’ve learned for professional humility and explain how it ultimately helps your business to grow.
As a business leadership coach and mentor, I know that humility in leadership is very important to see continued success. Read below for 3 ways to keep your feet on the ground and maintain the respect of your teammates and business partners.
1. Humble Leaders Give Credit to Others Where It’s Due
In my book, I mention that no one becomes successful alone. Even the most successful female entrepreneurs and CEOs have a team of people behind them supporting their vision. So, when we reach our milestones of success, it’s important to acknowledge the other people who helped us get there.
This can be as simple as buying lunch for your support staff when you hit that once elusive goal. It can be acknowledging your go-to person in the next meeting to show them how much you appreciate their efforts. Or it can mean giving an unexpected bonus to someone whose hard work was crucial to achieving your desired outcome.
Humility in leadership means you don’t take all the credit for your wins.
Humble leaders listen more, which ultimately leads to business growth when the trusted feedback of other team members is taken into consideration. No one makes it big by living in a silo and ignoring trusted opinions and feedback.
As businesswomen and female entrepreneurs, we are all better off when we get different perspectives to make our business decisions as informed as possible.
Strong, humble, ambitious women uniting at the AWC to learn and support one another.
This article by Forbes mentions a study that found that “humility in CEOs led to higher-performing leadership teams, increased collaboration and cooperation and flexibility in developing strategies,” all of which leads to more success in business. It also mentions teams show more productivity when leaders ask for their feedback and focus on their needs.
Female leaders and entrepreneurs who are humble know they don’t have all the answers.
2. Humble Leaders Acknowledge Their Mistakes and Know What They Can’t Control
Do you have a hard time acknowledging when you’re wrong or admitting your mistakes? If so, you could be compromising your humility in the eyes of your team. You are likely also compromising your business’ potential for fear of being seen as a failure.
Learning not to take perceived failures personally and to take them as learning opportunities is a hallmark of humility.
If you’re not making mistakes it means you’re not taking risks.
This also means allowing other team members or employees to make mistakes without fear of condemnation or consequences.
That way you create an environment for growth and experimentation that is a breeding ground for success, instead of a place where people feel nervous, uncomfortable, and hesitant to share their ideas. This limits innovation and ultimately your business growth.
3. Never Forget Where You Came From as a Business Leader
As you gain success in your career as an entrepreneur and businesswoman, it’s important to remember where you started.
It’s so easy to become obsessed with getting ahead and to forget how far you’ve come.
Helpful advice for successful female entrepreneurs from a Business coach for women and author of The Ambitious Woman book for success in business.
Taking time out to be consciously aware of how much you have achieved and how humble your beginnings were puts everything into perspective and allows us to have an appreciation for all we have in the present.
Think back to when you first started and ask yourself — What fears have I overcome since then? What milestones have I accomplished? What obstacles did I overcome?
Reviewing your past wins keeps you humble because it reminds you that the road to success was not always easy. We tend to forget how many challenges we’ve fought through as women in business and keeping the past fully in mind keeps us grounded and open to learning.
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