Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and her “Lean In” Foundation have launched an official campaign to ban the b-word. The campaign stems from several statistics and points including the fact that young boys and men are often encouraged to be leaders; however, when girls demonstrate ambition they are identified as being “bossy.”
Go to www.banbossy.com and make the pledge to ban the b-word. I recently made the pledge, as I am a strong advocate for women empowerment. After doing so, I downloaded the website’s leadership tips for girls and found them to be very helpful and relatable for women of all ages.
10 Leadership Tips for Girls
1. Speak Up in Class
This tip is relevant to work, school or wherever you are in your life. It is important to speak up and have your voice heard. Too often, are men the ones who ask tons of questions, while women sit back. It’s time to speak up.
2. Stop Apologizing Before You Speak
This is one that I definitely have to learn to do. How many times in the professional world have you heard a woman say “I’m sorry or apologies but.” Speaking in that tone often displays a lack of confidence. We need to stop this.
3. Challenge Yourself
Especially if you don’t have any responsibilities (kids, husband). It’s important for professional development to challenge yourself. Men challenge themselves with new projects and take risks throughout different professions, all time, and its time that we do more than what we’re asked to do.
4. Ask for Help
5. Don’t do Everyone Else’s Work
This is especially important for young professionals who often find themselves doing work for everyone. Understand that it’s okay to say no.
6. Speak Up in Friendship
Yes Ladies. Stop being messy. Call people out. Keep it moving. Period.
7. Trust Your Inner Voice
This is something that I do very well. Always trust your inner voice and the vibes people give you. I can always tell off of someones vibe if I plan to continue a professional relationship with them or stay clear of any interaction.
8. Change The World
We can do it. We will do it. Start to tell yourself that. Be global. Travel the world and experience news things. This also coincides with challenging yourself.
9. Remember: It’s Not Always Easy to Speak Up, But It’s Worth It
Hell yea! If you’re looking for a job or an internship, know that your confidence and willingness to speak up is just as important as your skills.
Stop wasting time going to the club, making inappropriate and tasteless “twerk” videos. Find your passion, and work toward it. Everything you do should be productive.
Hope these have been helpful. You can find the full pdf of the tips along with more information at www.banbossy.com
(Photo by Girl Scouts of Citrus)