With the rising need for self-dependency, women around the world have emerged as a strong gender that can lead their lives just as successfully as men. However, the problems that come their way have doubled, since now women and men, both are fighting for the same market that was once in monopoly of the male entrepreneurs.
A few problems or challenges that women face include:
- They think they need to act like the opposite sex.
- Their emotions hugely affect their decision-making and leadership skills.
- Women entrepreneurs receive significantly less funding than male-driven start-ups (According to a 2014 report by Babson College).
- Women have to balance their family and work.
- Women entrepreneurs often face more criticism from other, same sex competitors.
- Women are more afraid of failure than men.
If we can somehow face the above challenges with confidence and find out ways to neutralize the hesitant nature we all have, we can emerge as the strong leaders we are destined to become.
The first step towards fighting the issues is to avoid aggressive and harsh behavior. Step out of your comfort zone, but do not lose your charming womanly personality.
Secondly, be strong and do not let emotions and your typical feminine skills overpower you, which can stand in your way when making tough decisions. Moreover, avoid copying other female entrepreneurs since they tend to compete with their own colleagues. Although the numbers are increasing, there are still less women leaders and the only way to stay strong in this competitive era is to support fellow women-entrepreneurs to surface as the empowered force.
Luci McMonagle can be your mentor and coach you to success, breaking all the barriers that limit you. Visit www.lucimcmonagle.com.