Female Leaders, Be Proud of Being #LikeAGirl!

I was sent the following video from a female colleague, who is also working hard to change the trajectory of girls and women in business and life. The Proctor& Gamble ad is simply called #LikeAGirl.  I was definitely intrigued.

Though the title is simple, the message is powerful! At least for me, from the first question, it raised the hairs on my arms. Take a look and let me know what you think!
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJQBjWYDTs&feature=youtu.be

It left me questioning…. When or how did girls and women, decide that being a girl was a bad thing, a weak thing; or something that needed to be hidden or masked? When did we being to think that being a smart, strong, fearless and bold leader, professional, and woman was something to be ashamed of?

And even if you do throw, run or talk, like a girl…. when did any of us decide that it was wrong to be? When did we stop defending, believing in, and speaking out for ourselves?

Whether we are ourselves or not, as female leaders and professionals, we are surrounded by other women (and girls) who struggle everyday to push through the life long beliefs and insecurities they have of themselves. Even the most successful of women struggle with something that causes them to doubt themselves, even makes them feel like a fraud.

How can you, as a female leader, help other girls and women be proud of being ‘Like A Girl’?

 

LEADERtips –

  • Take a look at the video and make note of your immediate response to the message; no matter what it is. If it bothers you, commit to yourself to help change it. If it doesn’t stir up any kind of emotion or maybe you even agree with it, consider the impact it has on others – agree with them on not.
  • Be a girl – okay, be feminine, and be proud of the fact you are.
    • Then expect and allow other women to be a girl as well. Prop them up and the qualities and traits they possess. Honor and appreciate them; because they contribute greatly to your success and to that of those around them, including the company as a whole.
    • Become attuned to watching and listening to the interactions, communications and engagement of those around you; boss to subordinate, peer to peer, men to women, men to men, and even women to women.
      • Often times those that fight against the stereotype, myth or bias often provokes it with their own behavior.
      • Influence a change in behavior and communication when and where needed, secure in the knowledge that being ‘a girl’ is beneficial to everyone.
      • Educate, mentor and support not only girls but boys and men.  What boys turned to men believe is what those around them teach them or tolerate from them; at all ages.
      • Raise your voice and take a stand when ‘like a girl’ is being used to repress, offend, or silence a woman.

As female professionals and leaders in 2014, it is our responsibility change the trajectory of girls and women in business and in life; if we want things different for ourselves. As women, we have the strength, confidence, fearlessness and boldness to do it… we just have to act.

 What are your thoughts on this? LEAVE a comment!

 

 

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