Historically, women have been constrained by societal norms that limited their roles to homemaking and child-rearing. They were denied basic rights such as voting, employment opportunities, and political participation. However, the 21st century has witnessed a significant shift in women’s lives. Today, women simultaneously juggle numerous obligations and responsibilities, breaking free from traditional gender roles. They have gained greater autonomy and choices, leading to a lifestyle that differs vastly from their historical counterparts.
The women of today prioritize self-development and personal growth, pursuing diverse goals. Despite the progress made, it is essential to acknowledge that gender equality still remains elusive. The Women Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2022 highlighted a significant gap between opportunities for men and women, projecting that achieving true gender equality worldwide may take up to 132 years at the current pace.
However, there are numerous remarkable women who continue to make indelible contributions while paving the path to success. Their achievements continue to inspire and guide women in the 21st century. Such an influential figure is Jill M. Bausch, an esteemed American-British author, entrepreneur, executive coach, and the director and co-founder of VivePoint Ltd. She published her book in February 2023, “Why Brave Women Win – Creating Your Path to Confidence and Power in the Workplace.” The book is a compelling resource for women seeking to overcome imposter syndrome, boost their confidence, embrace their authentic selves, and attain success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. Bausch’s insights and stories serve as a beacon of inspiration for women navigating the complexities of the modern world.
Moreover, Jill shares her story as a woman who used bravery to tackle challenges, find joy in failure, and find her true self. Some of the lessons this book inspires young women to learn are:
1. Mirroring success until it becomes natural:
According to the book, having role models and mirroring them and other supportive people is essential. If they inspire you, you can study and imitate their actions, behaviors, and mindset until they become second nature. However, Jill adds that the inspiration must be so subtle that it does not make you feel like you have imposter syndrome.
2. Levels of listening and their impact on success:
The book also addresses different levels of listening, ranging from surface-level to hearting to deep, empathetic listening. The level at which you listen determines the quality of information you gather, the insights you gain, and the connections you form. By actively practicing attentive and empathetic listening, you can enhance your understanding, build stronger relationships, and make better decisions, increasing your chances of success.
3. Habits of highly successful women and how to practice them:
The traits of highly successful women are discussed in the book as well. They often exhibit specific habits that contribute to their achievements. These habits may include making a ‘not to do’ list, goal setting, continuous learning, self-care, and embracing challenges. By studying and adopting these habits, you can cultivate a mindset and daily practices that align with success, empowering you to overcome obstacles, seize opportunities, and reach your goals.
4. Packaging yourself for maximum impact with integrity and authenticity:
This concept revolves around presenting yourself in a way that makes a powerful impression without compromising your values, authenticity, or unique voice. It involves leveraging your strengths, developing strong communication skills, refining your brand, and aligning your actions with your values. By packaging yourself thoughtfully, you can effectively convey your message, leave a lasting impact, and build trust and credibility, all while staying true to who you are.
5. Being a lasting leader during turbulent times:
And lastly, the book also discusses how turbulent times require specific skills and qualities to navigate challenges successfully. It involves maintaining a clear vision, fostering resilience, promoting adaptability, and effectively communicating with and motivating others. Being an impactful leader means embracing change, inspiring trust and confidence, and making wise decisions even in uncertain and difficult circumstances. By developing these leadership attributes, you can guide and empower your team, ensuring long-term success amidst turbulent times.
“Why Brave Women Win – Creating Your Path to Confidence and Power in the Workplace” invites women to step into their greatness, embrace their unique strengths, and embark on a fulfilling path toward a successful and meaningful career. With this remarkable resource, readers are poised to embark on a remarkable journey toward personal and professional growth with the confidence to triumph in their chosen endeavors.