Can Only Superwomen Make it to the Top?
Posted by: Nicky Garcea, as part of Capp’s Female Leaders Month (June 2012)
“You just gave your power away.”
I can remember being mortified the first time someone said this to me. Upset because they were right, and embarrassed because I was oblivious to what I had done. Researching and studying power bases has made me far more attuned to the behavioural ticks that can trip me up and undermine my leadership.
Like many women, I was a serial apologiser: “I’m sorry”, “I might be wrong, but …”, “Forgive me if I’m not right …”, “I don’t mean to…” The apologies just tripped of my tongue without me even realising what I was doing.
It was actually the combined efforts and forthright feedback from my Dad, and fellow Capp Director, Alex, who supported me in kicking my ‘sorry habit’. I now know there is more to power than just reclaiming what we give away, so much more.
I hope you read my Financial Mail blog and find there are many power bases that you can use to make yourself stronger, and recognise also that sometimes you really can be Superwoman on your way to the top. The blog is published on the Financial Mail Women’s Forum - I hope you enjoy it!