Like many other women in business I have been on the receiving end of a scathing bitchy comment or two by a fellow businesswomen and yes I’m not afraid to say it hurts!
I think it hurts that little bit more because it’s said by a women in business that should be able to understand and empathise with just how tough the journey can be.
One of my theories about why there are women do this is they believe that success is a scare resource that needs to be fought over! Well it isn’t; the fact is that the more we help each other the more success there is for everyone.
“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” – Madeleine Albright, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Even though this quote was made back in 2006, it still bites to read it. Women will never reach their full potential to do good in this world until they can shrug off the need to be mean to one another.
Here are five reasons why it’s a no brainer that women in business should support and build each other up.
- Women get better results when they collaborate instead of competing
Over the years there has been a lot of research into the ways in which women learn and develop differently to men.
The evidence from researched carried out in single sex schools is that females achieve far higher results when they collaborate together instead of competing against each other like men do.
One of the key determining factors in success is being self-assured. Women’s levels of confidence rise when they work together to build each other up and it falls when they knock each other down and this is something that men don’t generally do.
“The natural result of low confidence is inaction. When women hesitate because we aren’t sure, we hold ourselves back.” – Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
When women join forces and work together their confidence rises and their results improve.
Find a fellow female business owner who shares a similar customer base to yours and become referral partners for each other. Watch both of your businesses grow.
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- More mission based, female own business will have a positive impact on the world.
The Dalai Lama said in a speech back in 2009 – “The World Will Be Saved By the Western Woman”
Like the Dalai Lama it is my belief that the western women holds much power to change the world. In particular mission based, female business owners who are ambitious enough to grow larger businesses, employing people that share their values and beliefs and that will change the way in which the world does business.
Businesswomen must support each other in their missions because by doing this they will be leaving the world better than we found it.
- Paying It forward feels great.
Women are natural nurtures and when we help others to succeed we feel gratified and it feeds our need to contribute.
Offering to help another women in business on her journey not only helps her, it also helps your feeling of self-worth and self-esteem which in turn will help your business grow.
Your business will only grow as fast as you do and giving back is a great way to grow.
“Be humble when you succeed and take others with you” – Sharon Pearson
- Women Are Great Leaders
Contrary to the old stereotype that women make lousy bosses, women naturally hold many of the attributes that make a great leader.
Women are inherently empathetic, great communicators, are able to look at issues from multiple perspectives and are good at listening to the world around them.
The most inspirational boss I had as an employee was a woman named Cassie Coleman. She had a knack of being able to view challenges from multiple angles and she was never too proud to seek council before making her decision. She was an amazing mentor and I will always be grateful that I had the privilege of working with her.
- Because it’s the right thing to do
There is nothing worse than being on the receiving end of another woman’s put down. We all know it feels horrid, worse than horrid in fact. So why would you do it to another women?
Ladies we are better than that!
Let’s build each other up instead of knocking each other down in business because if we work together we will all succeed.
I set up a FaceBook group called Million Dollar Businesswomen’s Club because I wanted to share my journey with other like-minded women who are building awesome businesses.
The group is full of amazing women who support and educate each other. They ask each other questions knowing they will not be judged and they share each others journeys through the highs and the lows.
If you are a women in business who like us wants to collaborate and build others up, we would love to see you there.
As well as being a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and ex-CFO with over 20 years experience, she has also worked extensively with small and medium sized business owners to help them grow profitable businesses.
She's also a certified coach, NLP practitioner, Metadynamics TM Consultant and contributor for Kochie’s Business Builders.
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