Today, it's undeniable that women are a rising power – in fact, they always have been! From the Garden of Eden, with Eve, to the feminist revolution initiated by pioneers like Simone de Beauvoir or Simone Weil, to the scientific advances of Madeleine Pelletier and Marie Curie, via the struggles of Angela Davis and Djamila Bouhired, women have always had a role to play and a contribution to make in all spheres of society.
Here are six key points that every female leader, or potential female leader, should know to play their role well, function at their best and in harmony with male leadership, while thriving as a woman.
1. Stop sabotaging yourself because of fear of failure or lack of self-confidence. Watch your way of thinking in order to reflect and act in accordance with your identity in God.
The first thing you need to be sure and certain of is your identity. As a human being, you are endowed with natural abilities that differentiate you from others. Moreover, and above all, as a child of God, you are born of God, you have the nature of God, you have the abilities of God, you are made in His likeness. So, don't doubt yourself. Don't let failure stop you or limit you. Always tell yourself that, since God is wise, I am wise; since God is Creator, I am creator/creative; since God is strong, I am not weak; since God is Almighty, I am able (Romans 8:31). Put aside all negative thoughts and allow the Holy Spirit to renew your mind as you meditate on the word of God (Romans 12:2).
2. You don't have to behave like a man to excel in your leadership position.
God created all people different. Out of more than 7 billion people in the world, no two people have the same DNA. In other words, each person is unique, each person has their own natural skills and abilities. And as a child of God, you also have spiritual gifts that are unique to you. As a woman, tell yourself that there are things that only you can do, there are special things that God created you to do, things that a man cannot do.
3. There is no war between your leadership and that of a man. The two types of leadership complement each other.
God is a wise God. The universe He created is perfectly ordered, He placed each component in a specific place, with a specific role, and for a specific purpose. So, there's no reason to be jealous of a man's position or function, let alone of your female peers. Conflicts within organizations often arise from ignorance of the different points mentioned above, which differentiate and specialize each member of the organization. So do not covet a position that is not yours for fear of causing disorder and dysfunction within the organization.
4. By thinking that your value comes from your performance and your ability to DO and ACHIEVE, you risk burnout.
The value of an object does not come from its function but from its nature, because it is the nature that determines the function. In other words, for this object to perform another function perfectly, it will first need some modifications, or undergo a profound transformation. There is always a feeling of joy and accomplishment when you do what you were born to do. The opposite is a source of frustration, stress, and quickly causes depression and exhaustion.
5. Trust God during the process, train yourself, be patient and let the Lord open the right doors at the right time.
One of the challenges everyone faces today is patience. In a world where everything is FAST, we no longer have time to wait, to train enough, to acquire the required experience. This is why, due to a lack of maturity, many fail to recognize, seize and capitalize on the opportunities available to them. In all things, it is good to wait for the right time; God has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Always remember this: a fruit picked before its time will never have the sweet and pleasant taste that it is supposed to have when ripe! It's not that the fruit is bad per se, it's just that it was picked before its time.
6. The more you know how to adopt a servant's attitude, by considering the needs of others, the more influential your leadership will be.
While patience is a virtue and a light, humility precedes glory. The ability to be patient, to humble yourself and to serve others, gives you the advantage to learn and to work on your heart, on your behaviour and your attitude as a (future) leader. A good leader is above all a servant, she must have the interests of others at heart before her own in order to ensure the sustainability of the organization. A good leader is therefore the one who loves others, her work, and is filled with the love of God; for love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8)!
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