What skills do you need as a woman to excel in any industry you choose? Do you need to be smarter than the average man? Are there special skills only some women possess? Since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to make a name for myself and have the opportunity to dominate in any industry, career or field regardless of my gender. In today’s society, however, for every seven men succeeding in a “male-dominated industry,” there is one female. The reason behind this has always been that men are inherently better than women when it comes to business and the ability to thrive in a wide number of fields. In my opinion, women can thrive in whatever industry they choose if they have the right kind of work skills and the correct mindset. In this post, I’m going to discuss the skills and the mindset you need to excel as a woman in a male-dominated industry and any industry you choose to enter.
“A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.” Unknown
The 5 Skills You Need As A Woman To Excel
If you’ve been to any job fair or skills development conference you’ve probably heard the quote “confidence is key”.
You’ve also probably sat there during all these conferences wondering why there’s so much emphasis placed on being confident.
Succeeding in any industry can be a difficult thing, but for women, excelling in male-dominated jobs can be even more difficult because there is added pressure placed on them as females.
When you believe in yourself and your confidence levels are high it gives you the extra drive you need to overcome any obstacle, work your butt off because you know you deserve to be there and break any glass ceilings in your way.
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People will always doubt your skills and abilities, and if you’re an aspiring girl boss in an industry flooded with men such as the mining field, for example, you will be heavily criticized.
When you have confidence in yourself and your abilities you’re able to meet that criticism with a smile- take the necessary lessons from it and move on. (I’ll talk more about this later on, wooh!)
I recently read a study about millennial women. One of the key findings of the study was that the reason so many intelligent millennial women aren’t in management positions within a particular industry is that they suffer from a low sense of self and low self-confidence.
This mindset needs to change.
There is no way you can become a successful lady boss if you are constantly standing in your own way. Move!
You need to set high goals for yourself and believe that you can achieve them.
Believe in yourself and know that you are just as worthy and even more so than your male counterparts.
DON’T TAKE THINGS PERSONALLY
Many people argue that the number one skill to succeeding as a woman in a male-dominated industry is to not take things personally.
Although this might not be the top skill, in my opinion, it is definitely a necessity if you do want to get to the top.
When you are easily offended, it clouds your judgement and brings a number of unnecessary emotions and drama into the office.
You don’t want this to happen to you.
Not everything is a personal attack against your character. For the most part, it’s just business.
Successful business women know the difference and when they get to work, they check their insecurities and personal griefs at the door.
That is what makes the difference between women in leadership roles and women who wish to be in leadership roles but never will.
Show your colleagues that you are there to make a name for yourself, get things done and rise above the challenges.
Let them see by the way you carry yourself that you are a strong, capable woman who can handle any pressure the job has to throw at you.
This is one of the key skills employers look for.
TELL YOURSELF YOU CAN DO IT
To stand out in a male-dominated industry, you need to tell yourself that you can do it.
Ask yourself what skills do you have and how can you use them to be successful.
Believe you have the qualifications and the skills needed to accomplish any task.
Even if you don’t know something you’ll do the research necessary to get it done.
It is incredibly important to consistently do skill development training and increase knowledge of new trends and growing ideas in your industry as part of your life’s work.
You can’t expect to excel otherwise.
Honestly, telling yourself you can do it all the time is a skill you need as a woman in ANY industry. It starts with removing that self-doubt we like to carry around.
View challenges as an opportunity to grow and learn a new set of skills. Look at it as a new, exciting experience to tick off your list.
I’ve come to realize that in life, your attitude towards any situation ultimately determines the opportunities that do come your way and the outcome.
Encourage positivity in your life. Consistently believe in your skills, and coming through on those promises will make your colleagues see you as a force to be reckoned with.
SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF
Many women in the workplace, when they start their careers, are so focused on doing everything right that they forget to speak up for themselves when needed.
They never vocalize what they want and because of that no-one hears them and they’re left behind.
Men in the office, though, tend to be the opposite. They know what they want, speak up about it and go after it with their entire being.
You need to do the same as a woman. Stop hindering yourself and your progress.
Be comfortable raising your hands in meetings and having your opinion, your voice be heard because you have something important to say.
If you see a promotion being offered and you want it, apply for it. Make your presence be known.
Learn how to speak your mind and share your opinions even when you don’t think they are worthy of being known.
If you are placed in a situation where you feel you are constantly being interrupted, take that opportunity to calmly explain that you are still speaking and give your response.
Never throw a fit but speak boldly, wisely and without fear of judgement.
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Staying focused and committed is a skill you need as a woman in a male-dominated industry.
When you start a task or a project, don’t be half-hearted about it and don’t give excuses or rattle off about how difficult it is. Stay focused on your goal and push your way through.
I remember many times at my former job I would be placed in situations where I could easily give up. Though that would have been the easy way to solve my problems, it would not have been the best way to do so.
If I gave up every single time something got hard or a task seemed daunting I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t be on my way to building my very own empire.
Success takes work. It takes commitment and resilience to make a difference in an industry that would rather you be on the sidelines.
As you work your way up, remind yourself of the why and don’t sweat the small stuff that might happen.
You know where you want to be and you know exactly how to get there so focus on that.
ALWAYS BE THE BEST
On top of everything, always be the very best version of yourself you can be. Set a standard of excellence for others to follow and brand yourself accordingly.
One of my favourite girl bosses Melyssa Griffin always speaks about putting forward your best content.
I completely agree with her and have taken this piece of advice to heart since rebranding my entire blog and brand.
Quality speaks volumes above quantity. Stand out by leaving mediocre work behind and shooting for the best always.
Trust me, at the end of it all, your hard work will pay off.
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If you found this list of the 5 skills you need to succeed as a woman in a male-dominated industry useful, then you will enjoy these tips to help you become a more successful woman or these tips to prevent burnout as a busy girl boss.
Also, let me know. Are you a woman in a male-dominated industry? Do you believe you have the skills to excel? I love reading your comments and hearing your thoughts so please comment down below. Also if you have any questions feel free to ask me them in the comment section below. Please also like and share this post and sign up so you never miss a thing!
Until next time.
Peace, love and prayers.