Career Advice Every Mother Should Teach Her Daughter
Shirin Yadegar is a mother to four daughters and is the CEO and publisher of L.A. Mom Magazine. She told Redbook.com that being able to ask for what you want is an important career lesson she has told her daughters. "Make sure to show up and always ask for what you want, because the worst thing anyone can say is 'no' and then you're back to where you started," she said.
"As a woman, you will likely feel pressured to act more like a man in order to advance your career but I have found that the opposite will make you more successful," Nicole Beniamini, Vice President of Edison Research and contributor said to Redbook.com. "Instead of trying to channel the masculine traits of being aggressive, competitive, or cutthroat, focus on your more feminine qualities."
"I teach my daughters by example and have instilled an independent, entrepreneurial spirit in them," Susan (Honey) Good, author, influencer/blogger and owner of told Redbook.com. "Every woman needs 'to trust the you in you' — you gotta have guts and confidence in yourself as well as tenacity."
"Being compassionate, collaborative, and willing to compromise will not only make you a better worker and leader, but a better person as well," Beniamini said.
No matter what your job is, there are going to be some rough days. In an open letter to her daughter, ICICI Bank Managing Director and CEO Chanda Kochhar wrote, "Remember that good times and bad times will be part of your life equally, and you have to learn to handle both with equanimity. Make the most of life's opportunities and learn from every opportunity and challenge that life brings along."
“Just go for it. Too often, women have a confidence gap that makes them pause and slow down while men dive in and learn as they go. Just go for it!” These words of wisdom come fromKathleen Murphy, president of Personal Investing at Fidelity Investments, speaking toFortune.
It might be a "man's world," so it's especially important for women to support each other in the workplace. "Let’s keep lifting each other up. It’s not lost on me that two of the biggest opportunities I’ve had to break into the next level were given to me by successful women in positions of power," wrote actress Lauren Graham in her book,Talking as Fast As I Can.
"I know many women just like me who have high-stress jobs that include lots of travel. I have always found it important to take time for yourself to relax and stay fit," said Ellen Alemany, chairman and CEO of RBS Citizens Financial Group to . "My favorite stress reliever is to take a long, brisk morning walk through the neighborhood with my dog, Pablo. It's enjoyable and a good workout."
In tense work situations, it might be easier to be flexible, but it's important to know when to defend your ideas. "You must have the courage to stand up for what you believe in. Make sure you have that conviction to do what you know is right, and once you have it, don't let skeptics distract you from your path," Kochharwrote.
The word "networking" inspires stress in most of us, but as women, it's especially important that we learn how to do so. "Statistically, our male colleagues are more likely to be promoted than we are. Networking with colleagues and superiors is something we've got to do more of if we want to attempt to level the playing field," writes Shama Hyder, founder and CEO of Zen Media, in a piece for Inc.
No matter how long you've been at your current job, there's always something more to learn. "Commit yourself to advancing your knowledge, skills, and expertise. The business environment is quickly changing, and your understanding of the leading practices, thinking, and emerging tools will help you manage for better results. Be a lifelong student," Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for L’Oréal USA, Pam Alabaster said to.
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