When it comes to working environments, women make up roughly 50% of the workforce and female bosses are showing the world that women can be at the helm of any industry. Our top achieving women are inspirational and here at Genderbuzz, we want to openly celebrate them and we’d like you to join us.
Unfortunately, we still hear a lot about how some female bosses don’t help other women and those comments often come from women themselves, so in this article, Genderbuzz CEO, Natasha Stromberg puts the record straight by sharing some of her experiences – good and bad – of working for female bosses. Here’s what Natasha has to say ……
- Female Bosses can be great company– ‘I generally enjoy working for female bosses, particularly as I get older, as I have found it inspiring to have women role models around me. I feel that I can always learn something from another woman who is in a position of power. I do enjoy being part of a female team in a male dominated environment and in recent roles, I have definitely felt a greater bond, – a sense of sisterhood – when my team has been mainly made up of women. I have always tried to be supportive of women who want to push forward in corporate careers and I genuinely enjoy seeing talented women succeed.
- Shared experiences– ‘Another reason why I enjoy working with/for a female boss is that there is a kind of empathy in terms of shared experiences as women. I have often found myself bonding and discussing ‘what we went through to get here’ and there is definitely power in those shared stories. I find that I often have built-in respect, and admiration for someone who’s walked the same path as me.’
- Sisterhood– ‘Working with other women can often have a much better vibe compared to being the odd one out amongst a group of men. It can be great fun and it’s nice when you work with other powerful women who share similar goals and passions. I also keep on high alert to any ‘divide and conquer‘ attempts to pit me against other women. It is something I will NOT enter into.’
- Not always fabulous– ‘Let’s keep it real and acknowledge that every boss has their faults– man or woman. I have sadly experienced disappointing behaviour from female bosses and admit that it can hurt more than experiencing it from a male boss. But hey, that’s my built in expectations of women and their behaviour showing up right there! I’ve had women pull me up for being ‘too confident’ and discussing how I looked which I have never liked or expected- but I do think this is fading out with the Millennial generation and as more confident women start to take over managerial positions. For me it is now imperative for female leadership progression that we understand how important it is to support each other openly.
My message for 2019 is to make it the year we all commit as women to lifting each other up and openly celebrating each other’s successes without fear. #fiercefemales #Genderbuzzwomen