Leadership Skills for Women
By Patricia Haddock
Communicating a sense of
personal power comes from a belief that you can reach
your goals in your own way. Powerful people empower
others and encourage others to express themselves
openly. You communicate a sense of personal power by
developing these traits:
Authority. Authority is inner confidence a trust in
your skills and abilities. It comes from the inside,
from an attitude of I can do that. I deserve success.
This attitude radiates outward as you assert your
rights, honestly ask for what you want and need, and
develop a willingness to give to others and yourself.
Assertiveness. Assertive behavior is active, direct and
honest. It communicates an impression of self respect
and respect for others. By being assertive, we view our
wants, needs, and rights as equal with those of others.
An assertive person wins by influencing, listening and
negotiating so that other people choose to cooperate
Accessibility. The powerful person is a master networker.
Good networking increases your visibility and gives you
a valuable circle of people from whom you can give and
receive support and information. Imagine yourself as the
hub of a wheel surrounded by spokes of contacts.
Image. You communicate your power through your image. Do
you project an image consistent with a strong
leadership? Stand tall and walk proudly, remembering
that you have value as a person. When you meet others,
make direct eye contact and keep your handshake firm and
friendly. Clearly state who you are and what you do.
Communication habits. Take deep breaths to project a
firm voice. Avoid slank, jargon and vocal hesitations
that can hinder effective communication. Use only the
body movements and gestures necessary to make your
point, no more. Learn how to write clearly and