"Challenges Women Leaders Face And How To Overcome Them"

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Today, only 26 women are in CEO roles at Fortune 500 companies, making up 5.2% of the female population, according to a report by Pew Research. The stats stay virtually the same for women CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies at 5.4%, showing that there is little movement of women making up these high-ranking positions as company leaders.
Below, members of Forbes Coaches Council share what the biggest challenges their female clients are currently facing and provide advice for women leaders everywhere.
Speaking Up
It's not enough to be in a role or to sit at the table. One must also speak confidently, regardless of odds faced. Women leaders fear being ostracized or rejected; however, respect comes when one's voice is heard. I coach leaders to share their voice and perspective because it can help shape policy, the workforce and perspective. Make your presence known as a leader and collaborator for good. - LaKisha Greenwade, Lucki Fit LLC
Asking For Money
For over 32 years, I have led women entrepreneurs to their next levels in business, and often the challenge is sales and anything related to income — not charging enough, being afraid to ask, underpricing, marketing, promoting, "bragging" to establish authority, and giving away services for free. My advice is to learn to master sales and get confident in your skills so you price properly and gain respect. - Tracy Repchuk, InnerSurf Online Brand & Web Services
Standing In Their Success
Some women leaders shy away from speaking on their accomplishments for fear of being boastful or conceited. Women tend to think that it's needed to shrink themselves to seem non-intimidating. I advise clients to gain the confidence to know that if they're in the room, that means they deserve to be there. Shrinking does nothing but delay your voice from being heard and taken seriously. - Niya Allen-Vatel, Career Global
Trusting Their Own Voice
In conversations with leaders, there is one recurring theme that haunts me. It is the virtually inaudible question I hear women asking themselves too often: “Who am I to…?” What I tell my clients is that right now, they are among the wealthiest, most educated and powerful women on the planet. They have not risen to their current title by accident. They must trust and use their own voice! - Susanne Biro, Susanne Biro & Associates CoachingInc.
Shifting Their Word Choice
Women share the challenge of reconciling an internal conflict between being perceived as a respected leader versus a bossy woman. Professional women can resolve this issue and own the respected leader role by shifting from judgmental to neutral words. This subtle transition positively influences the way a listener digests the message and perceives the speaker's authority and leadership. - Elaine Rosenblum, J.D., ProForm U®
Building A Sisterhood
The biggest challenge my female clients face today is garnering support from other women. My advice to women worldwide is to support and empower each other, starting with our basic principles of who we are — our morals, values, integrity. We must be just. Be humbled, show togetherness, passion, excellence and enthusiasm toward laying the foundation for our progress through our work. - Nadidah Coveney, CTM Consulting Group LLC

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