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.
Empowering women with practical skills and a network of support just makes sense. Our opportunity in terms of driving innovation in the world today comes from pooling the potential of the full population, not just 50% of it.
says Gina Bianchini, founder and CEO of Mightybell and co-founder of Lean In, who is helping a new generation of women business leaders.
A recent survey of 1,000 female entrepreneurs reveals their biggest challenge is not having the help they need. Bravo Bianchini for providing the continued support that women in business need to thrive. But how far have we really come since “The Feminine Mystique”?
Women are “more astute about knowing how to activate passion in their employees. They watch the 43 muscles in your face and see how your emotions change.”
Jay Forte, author of Fire Up! Your Employees and Smoke Your Competition
Why is being able to activate passion an important skill for everyone? Passion builds loyalty. Motivate your employees, and they’ll in turn be passionate about your product or service and company.
Read more on the 5 ways women are better bosses than men.