The great thing about most women entrepreneurs is that they are more than willing to share with fellow leaders because they want to help them flourish. Entrepreneur magazine ran an interview series called "Women of the C-Suite" that asked hundreds of successful women executives to share their leadership lessons. The hope is that women can learn from other women how to thrive personally and professionally in leadership positions. Check out women executives’ advice on leadership and success below.
Sheri Bronstein, Chief HR Officer at Bank of America
The four points Bronstein wanted to discuss included:
1. Sheri wants employers to know that life is complicated. Therefore, being open to speaking with a teammate can provide helpful resources. She says removing the stigma associated with mental health is imperative.
2. The workplace is changing, so it is time to begin solving the new normal in training, education, technology, and adaptation. All companies face this pivot and need to understand the importance of global diversity, inclusion, growth of the world's workforce, and increasing diversity in STEM programs.
3. HR is an extension of the business, not something separate. Therefore, HR professionals must have strong business acumen and outstanding judgement.
4. People must learn to make informed decisions based on both correct data and trusting their guts. HR officers must rely on their judgment and the counsel of their colleagues.
Cara Brennan Allamano, SVP at Udemy
1. Cara Allamano shares that women need to know what they are good at. Sometimes, women stay in a particular position where they can’t reach their full potential because their hearts are not in it. She suggests that women ask:
● What do I like doing?
● What part of a job am I good at, and is it satisfying and motivating?
● Am I leveraging my strengths?
2. Allamano read the entire California Labor Law Digest to ensure she knew all she could about employment rules, so she would be ready to work as an HR leader. She knew she would need to know these regulations to build a great culture and have a strong foundation in the "rules" of employment. She suggests you know what you need to know.
3. She thinks it is essential to have a hobby. Allamano believes that those who have something they are engaged in outside the office make better employees. Hobbies can bring more balance and resilience into your world. Her hobby is world history. She watches programs, travels as much as she can, and uses what she learns every day in her work.
Denise Lauer, CMO at Morton Salt
1. Don't try to be anyone but yourself. Bring yourself into your team as you are. Your differences are why groups are so significant. A variety of personalities and skills makes for a more holistic group that can lift and support one another.
2. Lauer says women should never settle. Women need to set a standard that they can stand behind without compromise.
3. Stay curious, says Lauer. Learning never stops, whether in the workplace or your life.
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