Why do women struggle to market themselves?
When you think back through your career to bosses that were amazing, how many come to mind? Do you struggle to remember two from years of job opportunities or do several come to mind straight away? Is just me, or are we facing an epidemic of chronically bad management in the workplace? I have a resume of positions in different states, countries and industries yet I am quiet disheartened by the fact that I can only celebrate the traits of four bosses that I have encountered along the way.
I am not yet 40 (by the skin of my teeth) but I have had over 25 paid jobs in my school, university and professional career. That is literally an average of one job per year since I was thirteen years old! Needless to say, I thrive on change and I certainly don’t put up with workplaces and management that treat me (and others) unfairly. I am no workplace analyst or expert, but I do claim to have seen my fair share of bosses!
Of the 26 jobs I have held in my lifetime, 17 have been professional jobs in my career and industry of choice. In defense of my extensive resume of ‘job jumps’ I did actually go back to Uni (University for all the non-Aussies reading this) in my late 20’s and enjoy a career change, so that definitely has had an impact.
If I am honest, I feel like it comes down to the fact that I am easily bored and flourish with fresh challenges. I love forming new relationships, moving around workplaces, throughout different industries, states and countries. Ultimately, I feel like the perspective and skills I have gathered on this journey are largely thanks to the diversity of jobs and management (good and bad) that I have encountered.
Needless to say, bosses have had a huge impact on my career choices and confidence. From the boss that screamed at everyone in the office, drastically undermining office confidence, to the boss that micro-managed to the point that no work could be done if he was out of the office, I feel like I have “been there, seen that” when it comes to workplace leadership.
I am absolutely not claiming to be the best employee in the world, but regardless of my behavior and arguably short tenure in many of these positions, I have observed a spectrum of employee behavior in my time.
Sadly, this leadership has mostly been dismal, but I have been ‘lucky’ enough to encounter four amazing bosses in the last 20 years that have bolstered my career and shown me how to lead and manage a happy workplace. I say ‘lucky’ because sadly this does not seem to be the ‘norm.’
Am I wrong? Is this only a reflection of my career path and objectives? Or am I just a hard taskmaster who has very high expectations? I know when my Dad asked me last year who were my most memorable and amazing schoolteachers I was stumped. I eventually claimed a Grade 4 and 6 teacher who both inspired me to pursue acting and art.
You always hear that bosses need to be inspiring, visionaries, create a team environment and be motivational, but to me the traits are way simpler. They are personal traits that ultimately lead to an awesome team environment where staff feels valued and supported and productivity is strengthened in the process.
Here are the top ten traits of the four bosses that have shaped my career:
Unfortunately I am all too familiar with the bad traits of leadership, so I hope by spreading some of the good (as obvious as they may be to some), these positive characteristics can ‘rub off’ on some future leaders out there. Please let them become my next boss!
A self-confessed "jack of all trades" marketing professional based in the beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida. I am passionate about the growth of my industry, and love to share my thoughts on the holistic world of modern marketing!