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4 Tips for Women who Desire a Leadership Role in the Workplace

Wed, 11/23/2011 - 2:05am | by Mariana Ashley

Several studies have shown that, for whatever reason, there are not as many women assuming leadership roles in the workforce. There are many possible explanations for this gap between men and women in positions of authority, but nothing is conclusive. What is sure is that women must employ a different strategy than men to get ahead, because for good or ill we are looked upon differently in the workplace. Here are a few tips:

1. Don't be afraid to self-promote.

Many women think that promoting themselves and their achievements is tantamount to being a braggart. However, in order to get anywhere in the world of work, and in business especially, you need to put yourself out there and get noticed. Of course, don't tout achievements that you have not truly worked hard to accomplish, but if you've done something that deserves credit, make sure credit is given where it is due.

2. Be as agreeable as you can while still being assertive.

A new study shows that while disagreeable men make more than any other type of personality, disagreeable women make less than agreeable women. As such, it behooves women in particular to be "nice" while still remaining relentlessly assertive. This can be a difficult balance to strike, but if you can be genuine and compromising with others while still holding your ground on the things that matter, you'll be able to eventually achieve your career goals.

3. Look out for your own interests.

As noted in a recent Fast Company article, women often sacrifice themselves in the workplace for the well-being of others, and in the process they often risk their job security and potential for working their respective way up. As such, consider your interests first.

4. Want something? Ask for it.

As noted in a Forbes article, women make substantially less than men for no other reason than because of gender discrimination. As such, if you want to be more important, if you want to be paid more for your efforts, then you must ask for it.

In the final analysis, gender discrimination exists to this day, but it just is not as explicit as it has been in the past. It manifests itself subconsciously, so, whether or not it is fair, we women will have to push ourselves and overcome mental and societal blocks in order to get where we want to be.

Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to mariana.ashley031 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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