As simple as it may sound, being confident is one of the biggest ways a woman can position herself for leadership and important decision making roles within an organization. Being confident entails accepting success and not apologizing for it. When being recognized for accomplishments, some women, instead of simply saying “thank you” with their heads held high wearing a smile, meekly downplay their accolades with justifications such as “well, it wasn’t that great” or “it was only because of this or that”. This attitude does not focus on the success itself, but rather on the justifications. Just take the compliments, smile and be quiet! Businesses look for self-assured, proven leaders who know they are great at specifics tasks and can confidently lead a team and manage an organization. What part of “it wasn’t that great” screams “I am confident, and I can handle success?”

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