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Shelmina Babai Abji

8 Intentional Strategies for Women to Emerge as Leaders at Work

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    Define success on your terms

    To achieve success, you can’t simply follow a roadmap – you have to program the GPS yourself. Think about it. Allowing other people to define your success is like setting off on a road trip where someone else has picked your destination. Take a moment, and intentionally define what success might look and feel like for you. 

    Here’s how you can uncover your personal conception of success: Begin by cultivating self-awareness. Delve into your personality and past experiences and ask questions like, "What does success look like to me?" and "What truly energizes or depletes me?" These inquiries are vital because they unearth your unique aspirations and desires.

    Next, merge your professional and personal goals into a long-term vision of success. This holistic approach acknowledges that life is more than just a paycheck and a title. For instance, you might aspire to reach the pinnacle of your career while also nurturing a loving, happy home for your children. It's about prioritizing personal needs alongside professional ones, recognizing that these priorities may shift at different life stages.

    Defining your long-term success also involves picturing where you want to be in five years. This serves as a roadmap, providing direction and motivation. Simultaneously, it's essential to outline short-term definitions of success. These tangible, actionable steps bridge the gap between your current reality and your long-term vision. What milestones will mark your progress along the way?

    Set aside a dedicated weekly time for reflection and celebration. This practice helps solidify a success-oriented mindset. It's about acknowledging the hurdles you've overcome, the lessons you've learned, and the milestones you've achieved. In celebrating your achievements, you're reinforcing your self-belief and nurturing your motivation to keep moving forward.

    For inspiration, look to the story of Verna Meyers. Meyers is the Vice President of Inclusion Strategy at Netflix. Prior to that, the star Harvard grad worked at a prestigious law firm.  Despite her high-status legal career and impressive salary, she felt unfulfilled. Her journey took a turn when she chose to follow her passion for Diversity and Inclusion. She ventured into her consultancy in this field, a bold move that ultimately led to an enticing offer from Netflix, which even allowed her to retain her own consultancy alongside her leadership position at Netflix. Verna's story illustrates that success isn't just about prestige and a hefty paycheck – it's about aligning with your true calling, even if it means taking a leap into the unknown.

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    What is Show Your Worth about?

    Show Your Worth (2022) argues that defining success is a personal journey, one where you shape your own path. It's a guide to crafting a unique success story, understanding the value of your authenticity, and becoming a leader in your own life.

    Who should read Show Your Worth?

    • Women at the start of their careers wondering what their roadmap should be
    • Professional women who want to move their career to the next level
    • Women with a seat in the boardroom who want to define leadership on their own terms

    About the Author

    Shelmina Babai Abji is a renowned advocate for gender equality and diversity in the corporate world. With over three decades of experience, she has held executive positions at major multinational corporations, empowering women and promoting inclusive leadership throughout her career.

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