What are the critical behavioural traits of successful women? This question comes up a lot in my personal and coaching conversations with other women. My “go to” resource for insight into the career and life dilemmas of women is Kathy Caprino.
Kathy Caprino is an international speaker and writer, dedicated to the advancement of women. Many of you also follow Kathy on Linked In and read her blogs published in Forbes and follow her BraveUp podcast series. https://findingbrave.org/brave-up-podcast/
Kathy Caprino is my coach and mentor and I am certified to use her proprietary Amazing Career methodology in my coaching practice. Kathy recently introduced our small but mighty group of certified coaches to her close to 1 million followers on Linked In. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6545013850562002945/
Check out my profile on Kathy Caprino’s web site – /https://kathycaprino.com/amazing-career-certified-coaches/
As a result of my work with Kathy Caprino, I’ve gained access to a rich research base and many practical tools designed to address the unique career needs and challenges of professional women.
Kathy’s research with hundreds of thought leaders reveals 13 key characteristics essential for career success and satisfaction for women. The highlights of the key findings are below.
As you read the list, ask yourself – what rings true?
Positive Thinking – You see the challenges ahead of you (you are not in denial) but believe you have what it takes to create career and life success – on your terms.
Achievable Goals – You can create goals that challenge and stretch you but are manageable and achievable.
Access to Power – You are aware of both your internal and external sources of power and tap into these sources when you need it.
Commitment – You know wanting something to happen and dreaming about it is not the same thing. You are committed to showing up for the daily grind of making your goals a reality.
Courage – Achieving career success and satisfaction on your terms requires bold and courageous action. You dare to face your fears, speak up and stand up for what you believe in and let go of the people and situations that are holding you back.
Communication Skills – You have learned how to effectively listen, communicate and connect with others and ask for what you need. You most often feel heard, supported and validated in the relationships that matter to you most.
Strong Relationships – You have strong, healthy and supportive relationships and know how to collaborate with people you are interdependent with to succeed. You nurture the diverse relationships that make up your network of peers, mentors and champions.
Openness to Learning – You stay open to seeing, learning and hearing new relevant information and lessons that help you keep finding out what you don’t know.
Well-Developed Boundaries – You have developed healthy boundaries that enable you to make choices and decisions that reflect what is in your best interest. You can say, “no.”
Self-Confidence – You know feeling fear and insecurity can be signs you are in the middle of a growth spurt. Your confidence comes from consistently taking action and doing “the next right thing” despite feeling vulnerable.
Vision – You have a compelling vision of the future that reflects your criteria for success.
Humility – You can acknowledge your strengths, celebrate other people’s victories and accept there is always more for you to learn.
Perseverance – You have faced obstacles, failures and critics, fallen and gotten back up again. You know how to reinvent yourself, regroup, refresh, course correct when necessary and keep moving toward your goals.
So what are the three Success Traits from the list above, you need developing in your life and career? What kind of support might you need to address these gaps?