by Ela Staniak (Australia)
In this article, I am intending to highlight 3 key elements of ‘feminine leadership’ which have proven to be fundamentally important for women to implement in their performance for purpose of succeeding on their journey to earning their rightful place at the boardroom table, earning their worth and to fulfilling their birth right to achieve whatever they want to achieve!
Statistics show that women are highly underrepresented in decision making in Australia. According to 2019/2020 WEGA report Women hold 14.6% of chair positions and 28.1% of directorships, and represent 18.3% of CEOs and 32.5% of key management personnel. More diversity through female voices at all levels of leadership will result in better decision making and achieving greater equitable outcomes worldwide.
Having had the privilege for over a decade to work with high calibre female leaders internationally athletes, millionaires, entrepreneurs, specialising in behavioural change and executive high performance coaching I witnessed time and time again powerful women who believed that creating a career comes with serious sacrifices. Having experienced a series of ‘lessons learned the hard way’ myself, I believe I am more than equipped to say that ‘some costs are just too high to pay’. Building a career to the detriment of one’s wellbeing or questioning the possibility of fitting a family into a busy lifestyle is not acceptable. It is astonishing the high percentage of women who tolerate feeling unconfident and undervalued. In these cases, Imposter syndrome seems to be the norm and feeling like a fraudster robs women of experiencing any sense of freedom, fulfilment or satisfaction.
Feminine Leadership is an active practice of ‘owning your presence’, as a powerful woman. Integrating ALL facets of one’s identity. For this to occur one needs to ‘do the inner work’
Source: iCN Issue 34 (Leadership Coaching); pages 59-62
About Ela Staniak
Ela Staniak – As a Feminine Leadership Coach to female CEO’s, Executives, and Business Owners Ela champions stratospheric results for feminine leaders ready to breakthrough the perception of the ‘glass ceiling’ and gain their rightful place at the boardroom table or claim their space in their entrepreneurial zone of genius.
Having had the privilege for over a decade to work with high calibre female leaders internationally athletes/millionaires/entrepreneurs specialising in behavioural change and executive high performance coaching Ela witnessed time and time again powerful women capable of achieving incredible potential struggle to achieve the next level of evolution personally and professionally.
‘Feminine Leaders’ was born out of a passion to empower women to champion their ‘inner game’, reclaim their moxie and feminine leadership qualities.
Ela landed coverage in print and broadcast outlets around the world, including my 2020 TED Talk ‘Diversity Inclusion are logically impossible’.