Wondering if you’ve got what it takes to be a hot shot business woman?
We all know that it takes grit and a truck load of passion to go after your dreams, but what other personality traits make up a true business queen?
Here are 10 characteristics of every successful boss lady!
Determination is essential to make things happen. You have to be hell bent that you are going to do what you set out to do, no matter what obstacles life throws your way. It’s far too easy to get swept up in the drama of life, there is ALWAYS a reason not to get on with work and there is never a right time to do things. The ones who make it the farthest are those that learn to prioritise their business and be determined that when they say they are going to do something, they get it done!
Don’t let anything get in the way of your goals, don’t put other, less important things ahead of your business. Make a commitment and show up for your business and for yourself every day.
It’s not enough to just deal with things as they come, you have to be constantly looking ahead and planning for the future. Obviously, you can’t predict exactly what is to come, but just always be on the ball and mindful of changes that might be on the horizon and act now rather than waiting for life to happen to you
Equally you have to constantly have one eye on the future and know where you want to take things and what might be the smartest moves for what lies ahead.
No boss lady or leader ever got anywhere by sitting around waiting for things to happen and then dealing with issues when they come up. Think ahead, be proactive.
Willing to Learn
Nobody knows it all, nobody. And any boss lady worth their salt will tell you that every day is a school day. You have to be willing to constantly learn and teach yourself the various skills you need.
When you start a business you have no choice but to learn as you go. You probably won’t have an IT department, or a Human Resources team at the other end of a phone ready to take your questions, so you have to learn to do it yourself. Whether it’s reading up on recent employment laws or teaching yourself how to code, you need to be ready and willing to learn whatever it takes to keep the cogs turning.
This one is a no-brainer. Business is all about people. In order to build anything successfully, you need to be good with people. Whether it’s your own team, potential customers or prospective investors, you have to be able to get them on board. There’s a saying that people back the jockey, not the horse, and it couldn’t be more true.
The art of creating a truly successful business involves a lot of understanding the people you are trying to sell to.
You also need to be able to inspire and lead your people and create an environment where they trust you, respect you and want to work hard for your shared mission.
You don’t have to have everything figured out, but if you are confident, personable and authentic, people will want to back you.
I’m just going to say it, customers can be MEAN. A lot of the time they don’t realise or think about the fact that you are just a person and a human being, they see a company and their conduct completely changes.
The things that people say will shock you and the way people think it is acceptable to speak to others is sometimes plain outrageous. The worst part is remaining polite and courteous and still giving a fantastic standard of customer service while dealing with these people (check out my post about the best way to handle these difficult customer complaints).
I’ve seen a lot of new business owners get very upset about a complaint or a bad review, but you have to grow a thick skin and learn not to take it personally.
And it’s not just customers, the business world is cut throat. You have to contend with competitors, ex-employees, internet trolls and a whole host of other groups of people that may not want to see you succeed. It comes with the territory and you just have to learn to take it and keep moving.
Authenticity may not be the first characteristic that comes to mind when thinking of successful business women. But I’m telling you, it’s the best way to run your business.
Human beings have a way of being able to sense authenticity, and they can also sense the opposite. When you are authentic and raw people are drawn to you and they want to support you and get on board.
Being authentically you and not feeling like you have to put on a big salesy show for everyone ensures that you are attracting the right customers who are ultimately going to be much more satisfied with your service.
There are always going to be business owners who use tricks and lies to get ahead in the business world. It may even work, at first. But in my experience this kind of way of doing business usually catches up on people one way or another, and it’s the ones that do things right that come out on top. It’s so important to maintain your integrity through every part of your business.
The fact is, sometimes to get things done you have to be a little bit stubborn. Whether you like it or not, people will always have an opinion about what you are doing and some may not agree with it or how you want to go about it – stick to your guns and remember your reasons for starting in the first place.
This doesn’t mean you should close yourself off to other people’s opinions – keeping an open mind and hearing out alternative routes is crucial, but don’t let yourself be constantly swayed by what everyone else thinks – you know your business better than anyone.
You can’t shy away from a little (or a lot of) hard work. At the end of the day you are accountable for any progress made and it’s up to you to get your hands dirty and keep everything going. Chances are there will be more than a few occasions you’ll need to work late, or through a holiday, or miss something important – that’s a sacrifice you have to be willing to make. If you aren’t prepared to work the occasional 18 hour day and forget what a weekend is, then get a 9 to 5.
When working for yourself it can be SO easy to justify procrastination and persuade yourself that you are working on something important, when really there is something far more pressing that requires your attention.
At the end of the day there is just no substitution for putting in the hard graft time.
I have a theory that there is am ambition freak inside all of us, but so many of us have been conditioned to smoosh it down and focus on more modest goals – please don’t!
A lot of the time our natural instincts tell us to aim for small, achievable goals – but you will never accomplish MORE than you set out to achieve if you don’t aim for it in the first place.
It’s needless to say that you have to be able to dream big and have the (lady) balls to go after those dreams. So don’t be afraid to aim high and go after those big goals.
Can you think of any truly successful boss ladies who you wouldn’t look at and think ‘Yep, she’s got her shit together’?
No, neither can I. That’s because being organized is a fundamental part of succeeding in business, and also in life in general.
- You need to be on top of things,
- You need to know where you are at
- You need to know where you are going and how you’re going to get there.
Otherwise it all just falls apart.
Start with your calendar, use it for everything – and I mean e v e r y t h i n g. Then organize your business processes bit by bit until you are looking at a well oiled machine. Then you’re on track to being a successful business woman.
So do you have what it takes?
How many of these characteristics do you share? What do you need to work on? Anything you think I missed? Let me know!
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