Ladies, what happens when leading with your strengths isn’t enough?

Ladies, what happens when leading with your strengths isn’t enough?

Almost 20 years ago now, we learned that to be successful in our careers, we needed to cultivate our individual strengths. When first introduced in the early 2000s, this idea was revolutionary because it ran counter to the accepted practice of shoring up weaknesses as the key to achieving in business. Assessments like CliftonStrengths (formerly StrengthsFinder) became the go to resource used by millions of us world-wide to identify our strengths. And it was wonderful! Finally, we could focus on bringing our authentic gifts and talents to the workplace.

Strengths based assessments were particularly enticing to professional women, who traditionally had fewer female role models to demonstrate a road to corporate leadership. “Leading with our strengths” became the blueprint many high achieving women adopted to map out their pathway to the C-Suite. For us high achieving women, our strengths became our super powers. These super powers have given us the ability to lead high profile projects, ace that client presentation and navigate a schedule others would have found impossible to maintain.

“Our competency on the job creates a continually increasing stream of work, responsibilities and obligations. Eventually, we become exhausted leading to increased physical stress, strain in our personal relationships and a lack of enthusiasm and joy for life.”

But what happens when high achieving women rely too heavily on their super powers? Using our modern super hero lexicon as a metaphor, let’s just say we’ve developed wrist bruises from the flow of the bullets ricocheting from our gold bracelets. Get it? Too much of a good thing can have negative consequences—especially for high achieving women. Our competency on the job creates a continually increasing stream of work, responsibilities and obligations. Eventually, we become exhausted leading to increased physical stress, strain in our personal relationships and a lack of enthusiasm and joy for life.

Like all talents, super powers must be cared for and protected. The SHE LEADS ACADEMY quiz introduces four work archetypes and offers insights to help high-achieving women identify their superpowers.

The Intuitive

The Intuitive’s super power is her ability to empathize and connection with people. The Intuitive is caring, considerate and steadfast. She believes in doing her best to support and empower others. She is the one everyone turns to in a professional or personal crisis. She is adept at seeing what a person or project needs and intrinsically motivated to lend a hand to ensure success. She has strong emotional intelligence and uses it to create stronger relationships with her friends, family and colleagues.

The Gold Standard

The Gold Standard’s super power her importance to detail and emphasis on quality. Gold Standards are conscientious, thorough and organized.  She dots the “I’s” and crosses the “T’s.” She has high standards and an uncanny attention to detail that she brings to every project. She is praised in her office for the impeccability of her work. She strives for and achieves excellence in both her personal and professional life.

The Deliverer

The Deliver’s super power is her indescribable ability to get things done…well. She is effective, driven and hard working.  Delivers run circles around their colleagues and seems to do so with ease. Her calendar is always full and people wonder how she is able to do it all. She is often juggling multiple projects, including going back to school, entrepreneurial interests or philanthropic activities. She is simply the most efficient, competent person we know.

The Rain Maker

The Rain Maker’s superpower is her commitment to those who mean the most to her. She thrives in challenging careers and career sectors others might shy away from because of the demands.  She excels professionally and is paid well for her knowledge and breadth of expertise. She enjoys the power, prestige and lifestyle that come with her income. Underneath this drive, however, is her desire to ease financial burdens for friends and family.  She works hard so her love ones can benefit from her success.

For every high achieving woman, the most important goal is to become aware of her work archetype and take the necessary steps, which allow her to experience a greater sense of well-being, connection and sustainable success.

The Merits of Generation X Women in Workplace

The Merits of Generation X Women in Workplace

The Merits of Generation X Women in Workplace
June 11, 2018

Generation X has significantly shaped on our modern workplace. Born roughly between 1965 and 1981, Generation X is often irreverently referred to as the “middle child” of generations—sandwiched between the larger Baby Boomers and Millennials. In honor Gen X, particularly Gen X women like us, we’d like to highlight some of our unique, professional contributions.

Gen X – Just the Facts
For those of you, who are not as familiar Gen X, let us provide you with a little background information about our people. Generation X came of age watching family TV sitcoms like Growing Pains and Family Ties and saw our girlie, teenage angst reflected in movies like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. We played video games on our Atari systems and had a constant stream of Michael Jackson and Madonna playing on our Walkman cassette recorders. HIV/AIDS, the fall of communism and the rise of hip-hop dominated the media during our childhoods. We were the first latch-key kids and the first generation to feel the widespread impact of divorce.

Gen X Women at Work
Our collective childhood experiences have shaped us and provided a backdrop for our professional identity as Gen X women in the workplace. Independent– Gen Xers are independent, self-starters. We saw our parents suffer during the layoffs of the 80s, which have caused us to develop a healthy skepticism when it comes to corporations. We have seen how professional loyalty is not always rewarded, making Gen X women more likely to leave an employer for more challenging work, a higher salary or better benefits.

Trailblazers – Simply put, Gen X women are trailblazers. Today, more than a third of Gen X women hold management positions and a quarter are business owners. Currently, there are more than 11.6 million companiesprimary or equal wage earners in our households. Gen X women are natural leaders, who are less impeded by what others might think of us.

Work-Life Balance – Gen X women value work-life balance more than any other generation. Today, 60 percent of women see work-life balance as important compared to 48 percent of men. Gen X women have also put their money where their mouths are by leading the way for work-life balance in their professional environments, including advocating for flexible work schedules, telecommuting and formal maternity leave policies.

Hardworking – Gen X women are tenacious and hard working. According to a recent survey, 80 percent of Gen Xers feel it is important for others to see them as someone who knows how to get things done. Gen X women believe in putting in the difficult effort to create success. We are also the first generation in significant numbers responsible for caring for both young children and aging parents at the same time, which means we have had to be more deliberate with allocating our time. 

Life-Long Learners – To stay competitive in today’s job market, Gen X women have turned to education to expand their knowledge and create greater career opportunities. Gen X women are more likely to invest time and resources in increasing their professional skills outside of the workplace. Gen Xers have the highest level of education with a greater number of both undergraduate and graduate degrees compared to previous generations. By age 33, 20 percent of Gen X women had earned a bachelor’s degree, compared to 14 percent of women in the baby-boom generation.

For all of these reasons, we are more proud than ever to be Gen X women. We are strong, courageous and dedicated people, business owners and employees. We have led the way for change and made a positive, lasting impact on the professional landscape. So rather than the forgotten “middle child” generation, we see us as the delicious filling in an Oreo cookie, which we all know is the best part, right?

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Welcome to the SHE LEADS ACADEMY Blog!

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