Corporate Ladder Climbing: Influence Expert, Karen Keller, Ph.D, Advises The Top 5 Mindsets Of Increasing A Woman’s Safe Climb To The Top!
Summary: Set your goals. Get the job. Find the ladder. Secure the promotion. These are all the first steps in getting to the coveted C-suite. Influence expert, Karen Keller, Ph.D. explains that in order to get there safely and pave the way for others, women need to adopt these five mindset shifts or behaviors.
(Fort Wayne IN) June 1, 2011 – The saying, "Lonely at The Top" is true for women now more than ever. Why? There simply aren’t enough women moving toward the C-suite.
According to Keller, "Women outnumber men in the workplace but show up in less than 10 percent of senior level positions within their companies. More than 50% of the companies in the S&P 100 have no female representation in their highest paid executive positions. A July 2010 Womenomics 101 Survey found that Apple, Intel, Exxon and Citigroup are among the major American companies that have no women on their Executive Committee (positions that report directly to the CEO)."
She adds, "Women have been fighting their way to the top only to be unfairly scrutinized, shunned, and toppled by men AND other women. Knowing this makes it difficult for women to travel this road much less arrive at the 'C' destination."
Here are Dr. Keller’s top 5 mindset shifts that a woman must have to arrive safely in the C-suite:
- Stay flexible to keep your balance. Remember the Kenny Roger’s song, The Gambler “know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em?” Hold your cards close to your heart. Keep your balance by evaluating what you do and the consequences that follow. Recognize how and when to adapt. It’s smart to know when to keep a poker face. Protecting yourself from people who want to see you fall is what smart women do.
- Build a solid individual identity. Know who you are and who you aren’t. Sure you are this or that but do you really know who you are not? Are you willing to tell a lie to get something done? What significant parts of you are you willing to sacrifice to get what you want? Should you have to? Be prepared to accept your uniqueness and the differences you present to your employer.
- Be a self-directed learner. Information and knowledge are necessary. Experience is critical. Add confidence and self-assurance to the mix and you have power. Sure, you should learn everything you can about your company. But you also need to focus on learning about people. What makes them tick? How can you influence them? Learn how the world is changing and what that means for you. What challenges will that present? Gather data and information, apply your knowledge, and then relate your learning to your work.
- Position your boundaries. Knowing where ‘personal you’ and ‘professional you’ begin and end is wise. Yes, people will tell you, “Be yourself everywhere you are.” Of course, you are who you are. But nobody in the company cares that you want to attend an American Idol concert or need to find out if your spouse is cheating. Show off your business know-how and your great style. Stay connected to who you are but exercise good judgment in what, when and with whom you share the intimate details.
- Match your values. If your core values, beliefs and goals do not coincide with the company’s, you are in trouble. This leads to resentment, frustration and constantly trying to convince yourself otherwise. This wastes your time and integrity. Do your research ahead of signing up for that great company. If there isn’t a match, continue your search for the right corporate ladder.
Keller concluded, "Having women in the C-suite gives every organization the opportunity to thrive on collaboration, to address new challenges and risks, and to create positive mindsets without aggression or negative attitudes. The path isn’t an easy one, but it is a possible one. Incorporating these 5 shifts into your C-level progression will pave the way to making this "road less traveled" a road traveled by many women."
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About Dr. Keller
Karen Keller, Ph.D. is an expert in women's leadership and assertiveness training. She is also a successful entrepreneur and author. She specializes in the skills of influence and persuasion, executive coaching, mentoring, sales techniques, management development training, motivational speaking, personal life coaching, and corporate training. Discover Influence It! Real POWER for Women now! For your free subscription, visit www.karen-keller.com.