It is tough, but not impossible, for women to present a powerful image. It isn’t an intentional act of sexism, but its cultural tradition that pops up from time to time to rear its discriminatory head. There are times in life when women want, and need, to be taken seriously. The sense of seriousness and power that women expect to get can be achieved through a combination of body language and dress.
Being a strong woman in business doesn’t mean you have to be harsh or cold, as another stereotype would insinuate. You have to portray yourself in such a way that you are strong and capable which will pave the way for men with an outdated viewpoint to understand that sexism in both intentional and unintentional forms won’t be tolerated. Some of the points to keep in mind as a corporate woman are:
IT IS ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY AND HOW YOU SAY IT
When you contribute something in the workplace, it is you who have to present it, as the work will not speak by itself. A soft or uneasy voice in the delivery of a business idea or work will not be taken seriously. A firm and authoritative style of communication when presenting can do this. Men use fewer words than women and less emotional ones, so by communicating and being strong in thoughts can gain the respect you wish for.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Sometimes lack of confidence is clearly reflected in the body language. Sketch down the strengths and weakness and work on them trying to be dynamic. Now actively work to be more confident. Always believe in yourself, believe that you deserve your promotion and high position. Watch your body language and change the attitude about yourself.
Things to be avoided at workplace by women:
Gossiping: Avoid spreading rumours and gossips. Doing so is a waste of energy and note that the only person who looks bad is you, not the colleague or your boss. Focus your energy on the productivity of work and not in gossips and don’t let the negativity impact you.
Maintain Work-Life Balance: Never let personal life interfere with your professional life. Work time is for work. Use some other desk and time to have personal discussions. Don’t get into a relationship with a colleague and never with a boss. It will negatively affect the way people around you perceive you.
Breaking the dress code: “Eat for yourselves and dress for others” is a very common saying. Women who wish to appear powerful often have to do so by dressing more authoritatively. It doesn’t take designer clothes, suits, heels or hair to show that you’re in charge. Your body’s posture will tell it all. Remember that breaking the dress code always creates a negative impression and hampers your dignity.
Hence, if women can make up a strong mind with the desired qualities they can gain the respect they wish from their colleagues.