Leading through Financial Independence: It’s a Woman’s World Too

Leading as a woman entails bearing financial burdens, and consequently it entails Financial Independence. What this does is a lot more than just helping to meet expenses. Women are also bearing responsibilities of their families and keeping pace with Men.

In this age of women empowerment, there has been an eye-opener, and women are effectively winning at employment and are working hard to be financially independent. So financial independence is another one to have in the bag, to compete favorably and live your full potential as a woman.


Why is it Important to be Financially Independent?

It is a Woman and A Man’s World

A lot of times I realize it’s a ‘man’s world’, where women are not really able to level up with the men.  Finances become a measure of capacity and women must show capacity as well.

In a patriarchal world men may tend to be richer than women, they continue to stand up for themselves , and attain their full potential. Most women may have ambitions such as political ambitions, but cannot pursue it because they are not financially able to sustain such ambitions. For instance, Politics is one of the areas where men have dominated in time past because of their financial capacity.

It is important for women to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their counterparts in any field, especially because they are being judged based on the same criterion as the men.


Take Charge of Your Life

Money is not a luxury, it affords you your needs, and opportunities.

Recently a man ranted on social media about women wanting to be paid for being in a relationship. This was to throw shade on women overly relying on men for their needs. In other words, men are being put in the place of paying  women for not necessarily adding value. Well, that is not to say that we should utterly let go of support.

First and foremost, it is very important to be able to offer value to oneself before another person can. Take charge of your life. Financial independence means adding value to your life, being in control, and it invariably affects your self-esteem.

Money will Buy You Confidence

Financial independence doesn’t put anybody in the place of having a say over you, but you. And you can brag on yourself when you don’t depend on anybody for your expenses. It further inspires confidence when others know that you are capable of bringing something to the table.

Take Responsibility

You are an asset when you are financially independent. It enables you to take responsibility. There will be a tremendous increase in female participation in adding value to the society when there are empowered women in the society. Through paying taxes women will contribute to revenue generation, they’ll be increased productivity too, and they’ll also be able to give back.

The family can also use the huge support of women. With a high inflation rate, It becomes tough when for instance one person  has to take care of all the expenses. When there can use the help of a financially stable support, this means a lot to the family. Money empowers women to rise to responsibility.


Final takeaway; Become Empowered by Empowering Yourself

Your value in money is dependent on your earning power. You increase your earning power when you are constantly working on your skills and improving yourself. Once you start earning you have the resources. And there you go; financial independence

While Doing great work may get you noticed, How can you be Outstanding?

As a Leader, you may already give your best and hope that your efforts are good enough. While good performance is critical in leadership, it may not be enough. People are doing great work as well, but what can make you outstanding?

How can you be memorable? How do you make a lasting impression? What makes you different from others? Here is how to make your efforts stand out.

Innovate and Reinvent

It is important to show creativity and innovation. Leadership is about innovating and reinventing. There lies the opportunity to be outstanding. By making useful contributions and asking intelligent and useful questions, you bring a different perspective to the table. Demonstrate that you can think outside the box. Most importantly, make sure that your creativity and innovation benefits the work.

Have Great Attitude

Be positive and enthusiastic and engage with people ethically. No matter how your day is, it’s important to stay upbeat. Generally, people tend to enjoy working with pleasant, encouraging and constructive people, rather than complaining, negative, and rude people who are not constructive.

Contribute Significantly

Always show up prepared, by doing your homework and gathering relevant resources. Don’t show up complacent. If you are actively engaged in the work process, you will make significant contributions to the team effort. You might also want to voluntarily contribute in addition to your mandatory work load. Do more to be relevant and outstanding.

Build Relationships

Be friendly, and let people get to know you. Have an approachable persona, build relationships and trust. Be dedicated to showing interest in the lives of those you work with. This is an added thing to how you work, and it makes you memorable and likeable. It’s also important to have a mentor who networks you with his or her contacts.  A knowledgeable and connected​ mentor can be a huge resource to help you build relationships and connect you with like-minds in your field. Relationships make you stay relevant.

Communicate Effectively

Many people may be competent professionally, but lack effective communication skills.  As a leader, you have to pay careful attention to how you express yourself not only in writing, but also during face-to-face conversations, and on the phone. In communicating, be confident, respectful and clear. Always strive to be a good listener by paying attention, maintaining polite eye contact, and striving to understand what people are saying (you may ask questions to clarify). Developing good communication skills make you an outstanding leader.

Be Result Oriented

Results have a loud Voice. People pay more attention to what you do than what you say. Put all your efforts into action. Pay attention to the actions and skills required per task. What can you do exceptionally well? Also construct a milestones list. Don’t be complacent or wait to be pushed. Have outstanding work ethic.

If You Don’t Blow your Trumpet, Others Will Make it a Spittoon

In as much as it is not done annoyingly, it is great to promote yourself, and let people know about your outstanding work. Achievements make you stand out and hasten career advancement. Promote yourself. Have a killer elevator pitch. Do you have a great LinkedIn profile? Also ask people to recommend you for your skills. Strive to make a great impression all the time.

To become Outstanding, Trust your Journey

The key is to find what is different about you and capitalize on it. Pay attention to what you do best, what you bring to the table, what is special about you. Be remarkable, memorable and authentic. Be professional and reliable. Be creative, interesting, and show talent. Let what is different about you be visible, work on cultivating that uniqueness and you will be outstanding.

Peer Mentoring: Reliable for Leveraging Experiences Among Women in Leadership

There is no one-size-fits-all in mentorship. Some are formal within organizations or mentors in the field. Others are informal relationships that are unique but reliable in fostering personal growth.
Peer mentoring is a form of mentorship between a person with a specific relevant experience – the mentor, and a person new to that experience – the mentee, within the same peer group. The mentor provides support, coaching, and refers relevant opportunities to the mentee.

For instance, I find that my relationship with my sister is useful to my career experience. Using Transferable knowledge in one career for the other is a product of mentoring from a supportive sister.

This kind of informal mentorship is also useful in making health and life style changes. For instance, AWLO creates an opportunity for like minds to meet, and foster supportive relationships. Making yourself accountable to a supportive peer, is powerful in influencing your decisions. They can help you reach your goals, and challenge you with new ideas. They encourage you to move beyond comfort zones. Peer mentors are picked for their sensitivity, confidence, social skills and reliability.


When You are Picking a Peer-Mentor:

Know yourself

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Defining yourself sets the tone for the relationship already. Who are you? What are your views? What are your interests? Set the tone already. Don’t let another person’s opinion define you. Know who you are, and let the people in your life support you to bring out the best in you.

Consider your Options

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A peer mentor must have experience and knowledge relevant to you. You want to find shared goals, and mindset. When there is conflict of values, such relationships become draining. You must find it inspiring, and let it allow you to be free. Be free to air your opinions, and make honest mistakes. Let it become the ground for you to grow, and learn in a supportive environment.

Making a decision

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Writing down the options in mentors, whom you are considering, will allow you to examine the possibilities simultaneously and also judge the values and condition of each options potential. Relationships among peers have the most potential in influencing an individual’s core values and essence. Don’t allow yourself be pulled down or shadowed by other’s shine. Stand up for who you are, and be able to position people in your life who can stand up for who you are.

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