My theory is that if we, as women, can work, mentor, partner and collaborate with each other, we’ll become the more powerful gender. By doing so, we will be able to enhance society and the communities within it. I’ve witnessed the power of this effort very early on in my career and more so now in my coaching business.
My career started as a graduate trainee at Unilever. This job evokes very fond memories for me and I smile when I remember my amazing female mentors and bosses. Their teachings helped me learn more about myself and the world. They shared their knowledge and expertise about succeeding and climbing the corporate ladder freely, with nothing to gain other than just helping out a younger woman. Further down my career, I would go on to also mentor young women starting out in the workforce in the same way these women helped me. I often still check in on them to see how they’ve progressed and it makes me proud that they’ve accomplished so much.
These days, when I meet women at networking events or I’m out with my friends, they all seem to be complaining about the lack of sisterhood, mentorship and collaboration within business and corporate. The consensus is that it feels like we are in competition with each other and there’s no room for partnerships. This is quite disheartening to hear and it seems like we’ve become more about what we can gain from each other as opposed to what can we accomplish together. I’ve personally been in a situation when I asked a few women to help and mentor me and my request was dismissed by many of them.
If you’re like me and you believe in empowering each other, then let’s work together to support each other without judgement. We owe it to our daughters to build a society where women are revered. In this already very male dominated world, it’s more important than ever that we stand together – strong and powerful. If one of us succeeds, all of us succeed in the long run.
The next time you meet someone who may be a candidate for mentorship or some just support, consider the following:
- She has potential and may just need some encouragement to build her confidence
- Her skills are a necessity and pointing her to the right direction will benefit her and the country
- When she finds success, she will pay it forward and help others
- She is a positive contributor to the world and wants to make a difference
Let’s focus within ourselves to become better versions of ourselves and contribute to our country and its economy. More women should be in leadership positions and more women should be entrepreneurs. Let’s build a legacy for our daughters and granddaughters – one that’s free of criticism and full of cheering each other on.