When you get promoted to a managerial position, you feel like you’re at a high in your career. You’ve accomplished your goals and you feel like your career is on track. And it’s especially a win for women everywhere when they are the ones who become bosses. However, things can tend to be tricky for female bosses. We often feel that because women bosses are still outnumbered by men, we often have to prove ourselves and the challenges are greater. There’s a lot of changes that happen when you become a boss. But, those changes are even greater when the person who makes it as a boss is a female. So, what are those changes? What really changes when women become bosses? After some research and a few interviews with female bosses, see what really happens when it’s a women who becomes a boss.
We become tougher then our fellow male bosses
Because we still feel outnumbered by men, we feel like we constantly have to prove ourselves. The stakes are higher when it’s a women boss. We still feel like it’s a “Man’s world” so we put so much pressure on ourselves to be good at our job that we often don’t realize the image we are representing. Women bosses are often reputed as being “tough”. With the pressure that we put ourselves under, it’s no wonder that we often feel like we have to be tough to prove that we belong. With that being said, you can still prove you’ve earned your promotion without being tough. Take a moment and relax. You got the job because you deserve it. So you don’t need to prove anything to anyone anymore.
We often feel like we have to choose between our career and our personal life
There’s always that old mentality of women should stay home with the kids. Men are the bread winners and women are stay at home moms. Although it’s been decades that this is no longer the case, there is still that fear of “what happens to my job if I get pregnant?” or “what if I want to finish early to attend my kids recital?” and so on. It happens. The world has evolved and you no longer have to decide between your career and your personal life. So, don’t feel like you have to put your life on hold because you need to focus on your career. Yes, when you’re in a managerial position you have more responsibilities. You were put in this position because they saw your worth.
However, no one expects you to NOT get pregnant or shorten your maternity leave because you’re now a boss. There are now laws and regulations that protect your position if you decide to take some time off to raise your family. You’re no longer in a position or an era where you have to choose between your career and your personal life. Because guess what? You CAN have it all.
People will expect you to lead with your emotions rather then your head
There’s always that saying of “women can’t be bosses because they can’t be expected to think rationally like me”. However, that theory can’t be further from the truth. Many people expect women in leadership roles to lead with their heart rather then their head. They won’t expect you to be able to make hard decisions when the time comes. Therefore, you’ll have to prove them wrong. Women are actually very capable of thinking rationally and not letting their emotions get the best of them. So, prove to them that you’re able to be rational and base your decisions on facts rather then your emotions. Show them that you can make those hard decisions. That’s where it becomes challenging when you need to make a difficult decision but don’t want to come out as being ruthless.