Women in business today face different obstacles than they did 10 years ago, and different obstacles that they’ll face 10 years from now. As women in business overcome obstacles, more always seem to pop up in their place, but it is our job to stay on top of these bumps in the road to ensure a pathway to success. At Techanlink, we know how important it is for today’s women in business to succeed, so we want to break down 5 of the top obstacles facing women today and how you can overcome them using compassionate leadership:
Tradition is something that is difficult to break, and while women simply being in the workforce may have been the issue several years ago, the big problem women in business face today is breaking the tradition of women in leadership roles. Traditionally speaking, women have often taken a backseat to men in many cultures, having the role of partner/supporter designated to them without much say. This basis of tradition can make it difficult for women in business to lead teams effectively as some may still hold on to these beliefs of women being out of place in this role.
Women in business may also face discrimination, as they run into those who may still believe that their style of leadership isn’t as valuable as those held by men. Both men and women can embrace and carry out compassionate leadership equally, which is something that many women find that they need to prove.
3. Raising capital
Raising capital to start a business is difficult for anyone, but many women in business find that it is particularly difficult to find investors when compared to business men. Today’s women in business often have to prove themselves with past successes in order to gain the attention of investors, along with pitching their idea in just the right way.
4. Managing a healthy work/life balance
One of the biggest issues plaguing women in business today is figuring out how to strike that healthy work/life balance while still bringing their best self to the workplace and their family. Getting the kids to school, planning meals, meeting with investors, and running a brainstorming session all in one day could exhaust anyone, and it’s something that women in business work through every day.
5. Being heard
Being truly heard, rather than just listened to, is another challenge that women in business face today. With compassionate leadership, however, and aligning your vibration with those around you, both women and men find that being heard and truly listening themselves becomes a much more successful endeavor. Being truly heard is all about connection, and compassionate leadership helps leaders to connect meaningfully.