Tips on Reaching the C-Suite

A recent New York Times article, Four Executives on Succeeding in Business As a Woman, interviews executive women on what it takes to rise to the top of their profession.

Here are three of the tips that resonate with me:

  1. Spend your political capital. Women tend to hoard favors “as if they were airline miles.” Instead, spend that capital whenever possible to introduce people, compliment someone, fight for people on your team, and argue for principles that matter.
  2. Don’t behave like a “dutiful daughter.” The model of traditional female success often means being the good girl behind the scenes. Instead, it’s critical to make the transition from dutiful daughter into the role of partner or leader. Become more visible, claim your voice. Speak up, own the room, and speak with confidence.
  3. Overcome gender roadblocks by ignoring them. Don’t let gender be a reason to limit your success. Instead just plow ahead. If someone tries to undermine you ask yourself, “Do I actually believe that about myself?” That way you can be objective about the comment.
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