Who run the world? Girls. According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, 2016 marked the year where the most women ever were heading S&P 500 companies. While women continue to take the world by storm, we are still too often stereotyped as aggressive, bossy and bitchy.
And I am here to remind you that we have the power to reclaim those labels.
For all you badass women who slay, embrace your success by remembering these qualities that make a real “bitch” in the workplace.
To be successful in any aspect of your life and career, it takes being bold which might entail speaking up when no one else is willing and making the final call on decisions for the better of the group. Yet we women are called bossy more often than men in the workplace according to this study.
However, research on the impact of bold leadership shows boldness has a positive effect on perceived effectiveness including taking more calculated risks, thinking outside the box and being more decisive.
Fellow blogger, Sofie Von Marricks of Hot Rich Love Your Life Bitch, was bold enough to build a profitable empire as a life coach by reclaiming the label of “bitch” and making it a defining trait of kick-ass women entrepreneurs.
The next time someone calls you bossy, remember your boldness is what got you where you are today.
One of the most frustrating things a woman can be called is “intimidating.” While men admit they are attracted to smart women, they are also intimidated with the idea of actually dating a woman smarter than they are. The next time anyone calls you intimidating, realize you are inspirational.
We all aspire to be successful in our own personal goals. When you see someone else you identify as having reached that level of success (whatever your definition of success might be) that you have yet to achieve, it can bring up feelings of inadequacy, jealousy and even intimidation. (We’ve all been there!) You have the power to inspire others to be their best selves. Don’t let haters get you down; we all know jealousy can easily cloud anyone’s judgement.
Are you a go-getter? Driven? Determined? Then you know damn well how tenacious you are. Unfortunately, women who display these kinds of characteristics were given “negative personality criticism” in nearly 75 percent of performance reviews while men received little to no negative feedback.
In moments like this, “Do not learn how to react, learn how to respond.” Know your worth, own your work and don’t be afraid to set the record straight with those who are quick to assume they know more about you than you do.
Like Devi Lovato says, “What’s wrong with being confident?” Nothing, except when your haters misconstrue your unwavering confidence in yourself as cockiness.
From dealing with office politics to disagreeing with other colleagues, being confident means you can genuinely acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses and communicate that to others around you. Self-confidence comes from an authentic place while cockiness is rooted in insecurity.
Don’t allow others to project their insecurities on you. Stay confident in yourself and you will command the respect you deserve. I mean, who doesn’t love a bad bitch.
No matter how successful, rich or powerful you are, real bitches remember to stay humble. Even if you are the bomb.com, you know to treat all people with respect and to remain teachable regardless of what you already know.
Have you ever been described as bossy, aggressive or even a bitch in the workplace? How do you reclaim these labels? Share your thoughts with me below!