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Women Entrepreneurs 101: Rules of Leadership: 10 ways to be influential as a woman

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Being influential means that your position in an organization does not make you the leader of your organization. You "the leader" must make the position influential. You may not end up being influential if you have the right credentials, the right education or even the right experience. To be a successful entrepreneur you need to gain the influence in your organization and earn the right to become a leader. Leadership is influence. As women, we are already in a great place to start. We are mostly communicative, emotionally intelligent and compassionate. So where do we begin training for influence. 1. Start with making friends. Making friends is the fundamental of increasing influence. You may never be successful in being of influence if you have not been able to gain the trust of people as friends. Friendships are made. Never won. 2. Show genuine interest in other people and their lives People can decipher a genuine concern from a fake one. If you are not the kind of a person w…

Women Entrepreneurs 101: How to be a Leader ( Part One)

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Earlier this year, I was on a panel of several women leaders from across the globe and the conversation was about what challenges we face in our work lives to assert ourselves. Not surprising was the fact that though we were so culturally diverse from each other; yet the challenges faced were almost the same, varied by only the degree of impact.   Yes, the challenges are immensely daunting. Yet, I am of the belief that we need to use our feminine powers at work. Successful women ask for what they want. Good work does not always guarantee success. We have to learn to assess our leadership skills and affirm our focus towards being vocal and advocating on our own behalf.


How many times have you been asked to chair an event and you have said no when you wanted to say yes. How many times have you wanted to take a direction with your business and though you know you are right in your assessment; you have failed to get an affirmation from your business partners who are happy with status quo. H…