For the past thirty years I have worked in the entrepreneurial field, both in education and organizational development. I have interviewed, been mentored by and become friends with some of the most extraordinary entrepreneurs around the world, many of them female.
Here are some powerful female success factors:
- The ability to multitask and keep many balls in the air.
- The ability to hold simultaneously two completely opposing thoughts or points of view, which Jim Collins (in Good to Great) describes as an advanced leadership skill.
- Diplomacy and the ability to develop and nurture relationships.
- Dedication to follow-up once a connection is made.
- Knowing when to push harder and when to lighten up in any situation.
- The ability to appease, to “choose your battles wisely.”
- The willingness to choose love, joy and peace in situations clouded by feelings of vengeance, hurt or jealousy.
- The ability to postpone a major decision until one is no longer overcome by emotion. Some of the greatest mistakes in business and in life are made when changes are implemented in the heat of the moment—often in anger or blind passion.
- The ability to create systems that ensure the long-term viability of a business or organization, as well as its interpersonal relationships.
- The ability to stay focused on income-generating activities, especially those that are life-giving rather than damaging in any way.
- The willingness to repeat what has worked in the past, as opposed to constantly changing and creating new “learning experiences” so that one is constantly in the learning curve, which can be a tremendous waste of time, money and resources.
- The ability to organize, support and accelerate activities and processes that facilitate success.
- The ability to empower and be a cheerleader, a supporter of actions that bring success.
Over the years I have been fortunate to have had several long-term business relationships, all of which were successful in many different ways
In these business arrangements, though I could easily have positioned myself as a leader, I chose to be the supporter, the nurturer of the male partners. They happened to be good and fair business mates, and the relationships worked because we agreed on the rules of the game—we were clear about our job descriptions. We defined the best traits that would contribute to the highest good of the company, and I used many of the female traits mentioned above.
I had no problem taking that supportive role since I was an equal partner: we shared profits equally and I was treated with love and respect.
These arrangements allowed me to learn tremendously from my business partners and the synergetic effect was stunning.
When we know our power and apply the female factors, the results speak for themselves.
DC CORDOVA is CEO of Excellerated
Business Schools® and Money & You®,
global organizations with over
graduates in Asia Pacific and
Her purpose: To Uplift
Humanity’s Consciousness Through Business.