Female leadership has been moving farther away from its old patriarchal style. However, leadership is viewed differently when you’re a woman. The good news is, we are slowly bridging the gap regarding female discrimination in terms of career and politics.
Women leaders are needed now more than ever.
We are currently in a new age of leadership which can be described as nurturing, compassionate, spontaneous, and innovative as opposed to the ego-based traditional male type of leadership.
Success is not just about the results — it’s also about the journey that comes along with it.
A great leader listens and responds on the basis of not only logic but also morality and compassion.
Female leadership is not being “soft” and authority does not diminish femininity. It is about being human and doing the right thing.
If you are coming from a place of low self-esteem, shame, and despair, chin up sister.
Empower yourself! There’s a whole amazing world out there waiting for you. You are a great force to be reckoned with. You should rejoice in this power and bring triumph in your professional and social life.
You are more powerful than you think.
You’re not “just a girl.” You are a woman, an empowered woman.
And if you want to empower others by serving them, here are some things you need to do before running for office or doing public service work.
1. Prepare yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Politics is a dirty game and it is a possibility that your opponent will ruin your credibility. They will try to hurt you and your ego and they may also use your past against you. So, you have to be thick-skinned.
You should have mental acuity and be prepared for debates. This is something you will practice with your campaign manager, staff, and team.
Also, you should be physically fit because campaign season can be arduous. I’m talking about 12-hour days, depending on the position you’re running for.
While politics is exhausting, it can be a good vocation. But with the right mindset and intention, your efforts will pay off.
2. Get to know your true self. What is it that you really want in your life?
Find out your strengths and your weaknesses, then build and focus on your strengths. Why? Because you will gain more advantages with your strengths rather than focusing on your weaknesses.
For example, you can focus on one strength that will cause a great impact. Do you have leadership skills? People need change. They are looking for a leader who will make a difference.
Secondly, ask yourself is this what you really want. You have to keep this in mind because this is really important.
When you serve the public, your family and friends have to share you with everyone else, and your duty doesn’t stop the moment you get home. It’s not a 9-5 job. It’s a way of life.
You must be willing to sacrifice some things in your life to be able to serve well. Do you have the aspiration to help humankind? Then, this is for you.
3. Establish your goals.
When you win, what are your goals for the people you serve? What are your goals for yourself? Do you plan to run again?
What problems do they you have you think you can solve?
Also, what are your goals for yourself? Do you plan to run again? Or do you have a higher political ambition?
It’s better if you have a clear goal on where you’ll be in 5-10 years from now.
4. Have a concrete platform that helps your constituents affirm leadership.
You’re not running just for popularity. As a female leader, you’re also there to be the voice of other women.
What struggles did you see that made you run for office? Is it because you want to address racism against marginalized communities? Is it because of the trash not getting picked up and it’s heavily piled on the streets? Or is it the heavy use of single-use plastic that’s becoming a huge burden on society?
5. Assert leadership by building your network.
Connect with the right people who have the same visions as you. In politics, who you know matters. It’s better to get more allies than to have a lot of enemies. However, there is an exception to this rule…
If these so-called adversaries fight for causes that are crossing the line of morality or are against what you believe in, or if their cause negatively affects more people, by all means, don’t go down without a fight.
Furthermore, you should work within the community to find out their knowledge, their pulse.
This means you should have an active social media presence and you have to be reachable and relatable. Get involved in the community by sharing free courses or webinars on topics that can help people.
You can also start a program that would create an impact, a program that is closely related to your advocacy.
6. Develop advocacy.
Advocacy is crucial in running for office. People look at what you care about.
Do you care about oppressed women? If that’s your advocacy, there is a huge possibility that if you win, uplifting these women will be one of your top priorities.
This shows that you are supporting change and this cause also embodies your values and political views from the start of your political career. Importantly, your initial advocacy sets the tone on who you are and where you want to be.
You can have all these ticked off before you run for office but do you what’s the most important part? Your intention.
Do you have a clear conscience? Is this really your calling? Are you doing this for the good of your community? Profile yourself, ask yourself these questions, and answer them truthfully. Reflect on them. Then, make your vision a reality.