What are the key issues women in business need to be aware of, as leaders and entrepreneurs?
I will be presenting on Leadership/Entrepreneurship, as it pertains to women in business. These are the subtopics I will be presenting: recruitment, emotional intelligence, conflict, network, confidence, collaboration, training. I need to add more subtopics for this presentation, and would appreciate any input.
Trade-offs "family-career". All women face those to some extent at a certain point.
Communicating. Tell the story, paint the big picture, don't get lost in the weeds.
Business acumen. Know your industry, know your numbers, know what resources and support you need to get to your end goal. Then communicate it well.
You most certainly need to touch on gender discrimination.
Inspiration is a great topic. I had the honor recently to have listened to some of the most phenomenal inspiring women at a dinner. I am still in awe with their stories and general conversations.
I believe that a great leader inspires the people around them. Not just the people with in their organizations, but everywhere.
A salary offer is meant to be negotiated. Men seems to know that. Women, not always...
I think mindset is a big one. We here so much about women having issues in the workplace and because of that there is a tendency to go into a situation expecting it. When you expect something than it more often than not manifests itself. I also think that language is another one. We as human beings can place so much emotion on words, I think we need to learn to not take everything so serious all the time and to learn to have a bit more fun in life.
The most important skill is leadership. No entrepreneur can go it alone. They will go farther if they surround themselves with a great team, So how to develop leadership skills and lead a team are very important skills to present. Vicki Saunders has written a book "Think like a SheEO" available on Amazon which is a great guide to women in entrepreneurship and how they think differently and need a different type of support group to be successful as an entrepreneur. It is an excellent reference book. Here is the link http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_18?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=think%20like%20a%20sheeo&sprefix=Think+like+a+SheeO%2Caps%2C959
Accept the fact that there will be differences in work, title and compensation. Look for female-friendly environments and other entrepreneurs who wish to nurture and naturally exhibit soft skills. Someone else mentioned conflict resolution and sensing when you, or your job, are in danger. It's a dog eat dog world out there, as many mentioned, and it's taste has nothing to do with gender.
Just a short important perspective. Leadership in successfully managed businesses often relate to innovation. Innovation is impossible without creativity. And we know now for sure that diversity is key element in innovative teams. Look over the Design Thinking methodology from IDEO and others. You will there find skill sets like observation, idea networking association, experimentation and questioning the status quo. He more divorce the team the more quality faster you will get out of your innovation.
How about adding where to turn for resources, training, funding programs for woman & requirements. Things that others may/not know about or have access to information about.