You guys. 1,200 new businesses a day? That’s up from an average of 740 a day in 2013! This is just one of the many statistics that have us excited about the state of women entrepreneurs:
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I dropped out of many colleges. I just didn’t like school. I’m a poster child for not doing things in a careful way, which is actually my biggest suggestion for burgeoning entrepreneurs. You can’t sit down and predict. When you do that too literally, you will lose out on the kind of intuitive journey that allows you to reach a passionate livelihood.
Sheryl Sandberg is a good example of balancing strength and warmth—she is hard-charging and gets things done, but in public, she’s almost always smiling and happy too. She’s also done a tremendous service by reinvigorating the conversation about women in the workplace. She undercuts her own argument in one key spot: In Lean In, she writes, “If a woman is competent, she does not seem nice enough. If a woman seems really nice, she is considered more nice than competent.”
Matthew Kohut, co-author of Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential and co-founder of KNP Communications
Here’s the number one way Kohut thinks anyone can be a more influential leader, like Sheryl Sandberg.