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Please don’t act like a man

Let’s talk about bad leadership advice: Act more like a man.

This is terrible advice.

You may be one of the only women at the table, but I am here to tell you that trying to act more like the men in the room won’t get you further.

In fact, you’re going to suck at it. You can only be you. It’s who you are best at being. So show up as yourself.

Being a good leader is not about being a man or woman, but rather, about displaying and demonstrating the traits of a successful leader. And actually, women tend to have more of these traits! We are more empathetic, show more compassion, have the willingness to be collaborative, and we tend to care more about developing others than about personal gain.

Lean into that. Lean into the key strengths you have that make you a more effective leader. Stop worrying about the men in the room and lean into what makes you the best leader in the room.

So, what would you say are your top leadership traits? Drop them in the comments or send me a message to continue the conversation.

Pooja Dang is a Women’s Executive Leadership Coach based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving clients globally at companies such as Google, GoPro, Dropbox, and more. With over 15 years of experience in coaching, advising, and propelling women towards rapid career advancement and promotion, she specializes in high-impact workshops and dynamic 1:1 coaching, delivering breakthrough outcomes and accelerated change. Pooja has a proven track record of coaching women into the C-suite and is a trusted expert in growing executive presence, expanding influence, high-stakes negotiations, and leadership development. Using proven scientific strategies, transformative behavior tools, and a no-BS approach, Pooja is on a mission to empower more women to live confidently at the top of their game. Book your free consultation today. #ExecutiveCoach #LeadershipDevelopment #WomenInLeadership #BehaviorChange #CsuiteCoaching


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