“Lean In”: How to Help Other Women Achieve Their Potential

By: Jillian James

In 2015, 104 women served on the United States Congress, making up only 19% of the 535 members. Currently, women only hold 5% of all Fortune 500 CEO roles. However, women make up over half of the total U.S. population.

It is absolutely vital for leadership to be diverse. The United States is comprised of a vast amount people of different genders, backgrounds, ethnicities and religions. If the leadership is equally as diverse, then different perspectives and issues will be brought to the table.

So how can we inspire more women to become involved in leadership?

When you see a fellow woman succeed, then go out of your way to acknowledge it. Encourage them to pursue their passions and instill within them the confidence to try to succeed. If you are in a leadership position, then it important that you genuinely listen to ideas and concerns of your subordinates. Be accessible to them and treat their thoughts with respect and integrity.

If you are a woman in a position of power, don’t be afraid to use your voice. Speak up and give your unique perspective on issues, and make sure that you are providing equal opportunities for others to rise up.

            By taking the time to acknowledge the power and light that each individual woman has, you can create an uplifting and positive culture where women feel empowered to use their voice and take action.

 

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/series/inspiring-leaders

http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/women-us-congress-2015

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_women_CEOs_of_Fortune_500_companies

 

 

 

 

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