women tend to make better bosses

Not only are women achieving success in male-dominated industries, more and more women are also becoming leaders. Being a leader comes with its own set of challenges, even in non-male-dominated fields. But when you’re a leader in a group where women have been marginalized for years, it can be even harder to gain a foothold. Here are a few tips for being a great leader in a male-dominated business.

Be Confident

This of course goes without saying, but it can often be harder to achieve than some of the other tips. After having been trained for most of your life to be meek and blend into the background, trying to make yourself stand out can be very difficult. Just remember that it was your strength and abilities that got you where you are, and you don’t have to apologize to anyone for it.

Build Relationships

This is one place where women do tend to have an edge over men. The same qualities that can get you labelled “too chatty” are the ones that can help you forge strong relationships with your staff. By paying attention to issues like employee wellness and work-life balance, you’ll let your team know that you’re there for them.

Speak Up

Don’t be afraid to share your ideas and your knowledge, and definitely don’t hesitate to defend your people. Standing behind your team, even when things aren’t going well, will go a long way towards earning the respect of both your team mates and your colleagues.

Stay Calm

Somewhere along the way you’re going to run into some guy who doesn’t think that you…