Welcome to the 3rd blog in the Emerging Female Leaders series. This week I’d like us, as women, to think about what makes us strong leaders.
Last week we saw Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, deliver the news that there is going to be a snap general election. Those of us who follow politics, and even those who don’t, were gobsmacked, with jaws dropped to the floor. What was fascinating was that no one in, even those in the media, knew about it. Whether she came to the decision herself or not, she announced that the country were going to the ballot boxes for the second time in two years.
The interesting thing about this was that most of the women who I spoke to thought this was a very savvy move, which ever political persuasion they had. The journalists, however, most of whom were men, were not very complimentary of Mrs May.
Now, as women, we may be watching the treatment of our lady Premier and wondering if what she was demonstrating was strong leadership. I’m not a Tory, and won’t ever be, but even I respected her for that slick bit of strength in leadership. So here are 6 things we can learn from Theresa May and why they are important for strong leadership:
You can change your mind, and there is nothing wrong with that. It shows that you have seriously taken things into consideration and want to do what is right.
Keep things close to your chest and tell only your trusted advisers if something important is about happen, because you wouldn’t want to spook the kids.
Avoid speculation and tell people what they need to know, when they need to know it. Be direct and clear because giving bits of information here and there, about this and that to different people creates rumours, confusion and lies.
Be clear about what is happening and when key things are going to happen, so if you have to change your mind, you can, but be clear about new targets and goals with EVERYONE!!!
What people think of you is none of your business. We, as women, often worry about making decisions about something, then attempt to get in the mind of someone else and what they might think. This blocks us. You’re not a mind reader but be prepared to answer questions about things that may concern others.
Admit your mistakes because you are human. This is somewhat related to the first point of changing your mind. If you’re wrong, you’re wrong, just put your hand up and admit it. We do, sometimes, make errors in judgement but admitting it can bring you great respect.
The key thing to being a strong leader is trusting yourself to do what is right, as well as trusting and respecting those around you because what you do and how you are affects them. Confidence, passion and conviction will take you a very long way!
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Grace Leslie-Graham has more than 20 years in leadership and management, with almost 30 years working within the public, private and charity sector. She is a certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and has a Master of Science degree in Coaching. Grace runs Impact Coaching & Consultancy, which provides training and tailor-made services specifically for emerging female leaders who want to be the most phenomenal leaders they can be!