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“What kind of women succeed?”

Friday, August 16, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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By Trudy Bourgeois

What traits do most successful women executives possess — and how can I develop those traits in myself?

I consistently find five traits in women who experience great success:

1. Clarity. Successful women are clear about what success means to them. They are passionate and have a vision of how to best achieve that success. They don't believe success "magically" happens.

2. Intentionality. Successful women are intentional about relationships, capabilities, learning, career choices, and their boundaries and guard rails.

3. Discipline. Successful women are highly disciplined and focus on what will help them gain momentum. They spend their time where they'll get the biggest bang for the buck. They stay on top of trends. Their health is good. They nurture relationships. Every aspect of their lives is disciplined and on-purpose.

4. Accountability. Successful women hold themselves to a very high level of personal accountability. It becomes a motivator. They feel, "It's on me -- I either did it or I didn't." They do not let excuses come into the mix. Ever.

5. Helping others is a core value. These women are consistently bold and impactful because they're making a difference for others.For successful women leaders, it's truly about others — first, foremost and always.

Trudy Bourgeois is happy to answer your career questions. Please email them to NEW Communications Manager Barbara Grondin Francella.

Trudy Bourgeois is founder and CEO of 
The Center for Workforce Excellence and NEW Executive Leaders Forum conference designer.

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