Astonishing Women Leaders: Emotionally Intelligent and more

by Susan Liddy

Are you a woman who leads? Whether it’s managing a team at work, coaching the cheerleading squad, or running your own business… strong leaders have one thing in common. They know how to motivate other people to action!

When you think of women who lead, who comes to mind? Maybe Oprah Winfrey, Indira Ghandi, Margaret Thatcher… fearless females who stand out as championing a cause or motivating others for lasting change. What about people from your everyday life? We all know at least one woman who stands out as being an exceptional leader among her peers.

How about you… have you always wanted to lead a group? Maybe you already act as a leader in your own life and just need some reassurance that you’re in the right role.

Here are some common traits of women who know how to take charge and empower others for success!

1. Women leaders are goal-oriented. The sole point of organizing a group of people is for a common purpose- a goal! To be a woman who knows how to move people to action means that you must be purpose-driven. Natural born leaders have both a long- and short-term vision for the future. What does the group intend to do? What steps need to be taken to get there? Put a strong leader in charge and you will quickly see change take place – starting with a goal.

2. Women leaders know how to communicate effectively. Great bosses, influential presidents, and even strong scout leaders know how to effectively motivate people through words and gestures. Not only are they good at saying what they mean, but strong leaders excel at speaking in front of a group. They know how to use both verbal and nonverbal skills to convey powerful, rousing emotions. And in the arena of interpersonal communication… strong leaders remain fair, impartial, positive and empowering when interacting with others.

3. Women leaders display high emotional intelligence. We spoke a bit about effective communication; strong leaders become this way because they have learned to rise above petty thoughts and steer clear of self defeating inner dialogue (coaches call this self talk). Maintaining high emotional intelligence means these women are more apt to remain cool and in control in a crisis; not let negative influences bring them down and not find themselves spinning in those self defeating cycles that so many of us find ourselves in. Instead, they empower their thoughts to achieve more in less time, to guide others to do the same and to get more accomplished using the people and resources available!

4. Women leaders know how to delegate. Weak leaders tend to micro-manage; that’s when you assign a task to someone else but then, instead of trusting them to get the job done, focus all of your energy nitpicking and criticizing. A good leader puts her trusted team members to work so she can free up her time to make long-range plans for the future. The strong female in charge knows how important it is to have key people in her corner who are well suited to the jobs that she needs them to complete. This keeps her at the helm of the plan, focused on long range goals and ensuring that the group can continue to maximize productivity, stay motivated for the future and attain everything they set out to!

Finally, all great leaders understand how important life balance and self care is to achieving their goals, staying healthy and leading others effectively. Above all else, engaging in a healthy lifestyle and drawing a line between your work and personal life, is critical to becoming, and being, the best leader possible.

Comment on this question:

When you think of amazing women leaders, who comes to mind?



Susan Liddy, MA is an Emotional Intelligence trainer and coach for entrepreneurial women. As CEO of Susan Liddy International, Susan has spent the past decade empowering extraordinary women to ultimate success. Do you want to be an extraordinary leader? Apply today to qualify for a complimentary Boost your Emotional Intelligence Assessment and Strategy Session.

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Holly Cotterill February 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm

When I think of amazing women leaders I think of Rosa Parks. She was a woman of great character, strong beliefs and self confidence. Rosa knew who she was and what her rights were even if the powers that be did not. Great women leaders do not have to prove anything. They walk with confidence knowing who they are and what they have to offer to the world around them. They are not swayed by the opinions of others, even those over them. Great women leaders honor those above, next to and beneath them. Rosa did all those things and make history.

Rachel Karl February 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

What a great article, Susan! When I think of women leaders, definitely Oprah comes to mind. Fabienne Fredrickson is another great leader. SEO Copyrighter, Heather Lloyd-Martin is one of my heroes too! You are certainly carving a path as a female leader in coaching women to cultivate Emotional Intelligence in business! Love what you’re doing :)

Tom Hudson March 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Hello, although I’m male, I hope there’s room for my opinion on this page. I too am thrilled with the way in which you are leading the way into a new world of emotional literacy for women. I’ve been working in this same way with men and women for the past 20 years.
One of the most obvious signs of emotional maturity is when one realizes people experience emotions and have the ability to act separate from the perceived reptilian brain complex obligation to act upon them. Thereby stepping into principle based behavior which achieves higher goals of cooperation and co-creative engagement in prosperity for all concerned rather than the instinctual survival of reaction to threat and king or queen of the hill mentality which only serves to enlarge ones ego and diminish others.

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