CheerLEADING™ for women in business


What can women do to be cheerLEADING™ others better? I believe it begins with an awareness of how your behaviour has an affect on others. Your attitude to work and the people around you determines how they feel about working for you.

As I said in my last post, cheerLEADING™ is all about positive psychology, encouraging, praising and guiding the people who work in our teams. Taking the time to really lead with integrity and compassion.

There is some excellent material around about positive psychology. I’m not a psychologist, but I can see how using positive psychology as a coaching method can really encourage the people around you to be the best they can be.

I like this Youtube video:

It explains the coaching (or cheerLEADING™) process. Being positive encourages others to be positive. The women in leadership who are doing this well are naturally positive, encouraging, compassionate people. I believe they think about others as they make decisions, they make sure people understand what their role is, and they guide people through change.

People need to see the end goal and why they should contribute to reaching that goal. Whether the end goal is one for them personally, or working towards achieving a shared end goal for the company, people like to know why we are trying to achieve it and what will happen when we do achieve it.

Just like in the video, people also need to feel you have their best interests at heart. Like the metaphoric safety net, they need to feel you ‘have their back’, they have your support and you are there to help if they fall.

People also need to be given the tools to achieve their goals or the company’s goals. Sometimes they need to be shown the steps, sometimes, just by having your support, they can work out the steps themselves.

We can all work towards being better at cheerLEADING™ others.

CheerLEADING™ and women in leadership

I’m just going to put this out there – some women in leadership are not doing this very well. They should be CheerLEADING™ other women but, instead, they act in ways that discourages the women in positions lower than themselves. In other words, sometimes, we can be our own worst enemies.

I think that some women are so used to competing in a ‘man’s world’, that they naturally compete against other women coming through the ranks and can actually make other women’s career paths quite difficult. I hear of women in leadership roles being a ‘hard marker’ when it comes to working with other women in their teams.

Women in leadership should be making life easier for other women. CheerLEADING™ is all about positive psychology, encouraging, praising and guiding the people who work in our teams. Taking the time to really lead with integrity and compassion. I think women should be showing men how to do this well. Communicating encouragement and praise should come easily. We do this naturally in our everyday lives.

I’m not saying there are not some fantastic women doing this well, as there are, I’m just saying that maybe we should be working towards doing this better. Women in business need to stick together. It’s a tough enough place for women, well, in some workplaces and in some industries. Often all we need is just one other person looking out for us. Blazing the path and making the path easier, rather than making it more difficult.

I would love to see some comments on this. Am I the only one who has experienced this?