“I am in competition with no-one. I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone else. I am simply trying to be better than the person I was yesterday.”
It saddens me when I hear that along with the challenges we face as women in business, that we are not supporting each other as well as we could.
They say that the best leaders empower and develop the people around them. If that’s the criteria then in fact, no matter our role in life, we all have the potential to be a leader. It’s our choice about how great a leader we want to become.
So let’s look at four reasons why you should support other women:
1. It Helps Move Them To The Next Level
If a friend or colleague mentions to you they want to achieve something – help them do it. Listen to their dream and work out where you help, can you suggest a book or introduce them to someone. Don’t forget to encourage those you see with more potential. They may be lacking confidence (as so many of us do) – take a moment to sit down and see how you can help them develop.
2. It Helps You Move to the Next Level
With every person you help, you develop into a better person. It increases your communication skills and stretches you to think of creative ideas to ensure whoever you assist is pushed outside their comfort zone. The next level for everyone is outside the comfort zone.
3. It Feels Good
As selfish as it sounds, any form of contribution makes you feel good. As much as you give, you receive back.
4. It’s the right thing to do
And ultimately, you shouldn’t need a reason. It’s the right thing to do to support other women to move into areas where they feel more fulfilled. It creates happier workplaces and happier homes and those are the environments where amazing things can happen.
Supporting Dress for Success
One of the initiatives for my business is to help Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organisation assisting disadvantaged women to get back into the workplace. We are currently advertising on the LiH homepage that we will donate 50% of the proceeds from the sales of our confidence booster program “How to be a Confident Chick“. This 31 day campaign comprises of positive, motivation emails to help women increase their confidence levels. If you or someone you know, would like to gain more confidence – consider purchasing our $10 program and support Dress for Success. Click on our advertisement on the LiH home page or click here – make sure you use use code DFSBCC14 to ensure Dress for Success benefit.
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Glenise is the Chief Confidence Chick at Self Confident Women, a personal development company helping women around the world create a better life. She is also the Director of SR Group Pty Ltd, a training and development consultancy assisting corporate companies with coaching, training and technical writing.