The Importance of Authentic Women in the Workplace
Updated: Mar 27
A Balanced Workplace Values and Reflects the Leadership Behaviors of Women.
Leading in an authentic way takes courage. It sends a message that you can think outside the proverbial box. Everyday we see more examples of women becoming prominent leaders in our workforce. A presence that is changing and challenging how we do business.
The 1980’s were a time of publicized greed here in America. Bigger was better and more was never enough. This was the attitude as more and more women began to leave home for the workplace. Shoulder pads and pant suits led the men to know they were not backing down. These powerhouse women paved the way for today's working women.
Luckily, things have changed since the 1980’s. Many of the ways we communicate in business have been transformed by the internet, and many of the bully tactics have been pushed to the side to make way for a more nurturing work environment. Workplaces that look to build diversity and grow sincere relationships in an authentic way.
We, as women, are caught in this delicate balance of showing our masculine dominance in the workplace and still finding ways to lead with an authentic heart.
Women in business understand the balance. Even in fields like retail where it is very women driven on the sales floor, it gets very male driven the further up the chain you go. At some point in your career, whether you work in a male dominated field like construction or I.T. or are more in a women friendly atmosphere like retail you get to the point where you are putting on a show for your male co-workers.
You are sharp, and can see beyond the cookie-cut line item charts that are sometimes created just to keep you busy. You understand the dynamics of the workplace and have learned to accept and grow from those hard moments in the conference room where you are ignored or discredited by a male co-worker who decides to talk right over you as though there was no one speaking at all.
Ugh. It’s deflating.
But you have worked with this and grown in grace from in.
You see the balance of the game played with men at work and, unfortunately, it can leave you feeling like you must be a masculine powerhouse just to be seen.
You are tired of putting on your work persona when you put on your work clothes each day.
The system is changing, but not fast enough.
You’re looking for leaders who reflect the kind of compassionate workplace that you want to work and thrive in. You want open conversation with your co-workers and bosses where it’s okay to say how you feel without feeling vulnerable or worried about being considered weak.
The old approach is dead and you are looking to embrace a new way of leading that embraces creative solutions and invites people to bring their ideas to the table.
You know this is how teams are built. You understand that workplaces that embrace authenticity are workplaces employees enjoy going to.
There are hundreds of books on business telling you to follow these easy steps and succeed, but you know you will only succeed if those steps resonate with you and your workplace atmosphere.
Real, authentic connection. Everyone can look like a pro online, but you are tired of how things appear. You can see beyond that and you are fed up with lip service that people think you want to hear.
Where does that leave us?
How can women continue to show up as authentic leaders when they feel like they have to act like a man to lead, gain respect, or be seen in a room? How do we shed the armor of the workplace and show up as both powerful and authentic?
What does that look like?
It’s time to stop defaulting to tactics that no longer serve us.
Hillary Clinton is a prime example of a strong woman in business that holds a very dominant masculine energy. Love her or hate her she is a powerful woman who abides by the old way of business. One where women had to hold dominance to even be granted a seat at the table, and still she was looked over time and time again on her road to the white house.
She continues to rub so many the wrong way and it’s because she trained herself, out of pure business survival, to drown out any kind of feminine energy she held by wearing the mask of male dominance.
You know that authentic powerful leaders guide from within. You can feel this when you are in the presence of a true authentic leader.
This can only happen when you know your value and you lead knowing what’s important for both your personal success, but also for the success of the team and business.
We all have it in us to be great leaders, but first we must shed the idea of the old guard and way of doing things. Bigger, better, more, is old and tired. Raising the bar for all is the new way.
It takes practice to be authentic. It takes practice to stand strong in your methods and beliefs in an environment that is asking you to mold to it.
Finding new and creative solutions is not always welcomed. But how much lighter it would be to come home if you were working from an authentic place?
We now have the luxury to define what women in business look and feel like. We have models who have shown us that the glass ceiling is crashing down everyday. We see women holding their authentic power despite the odds and it’s working.
Women who dare to lead who aren’t afraid to show vulnerability and figuring it out.
We need women who aren't afraid to be authentic if we want to see positive change to our work environments.
Studies have shown that a more diverse workplace is a healthier workplace because it supports thoughts and theories from a wide perspective of knowledge.
If you are a woman in business who’s ready to lead from a heart-centered place where others are encouraged to share ideas that support and challenge the status quo then I am ready to help.
I am a conscious leader who wants to help women feel more authentic in the workplace.
You can show up more authentic even in an environment that is unhealthy and begin to see positive changes in the world around you.
Contact me if you are ready to lead authentically.