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Breaking Barriers – How High-Achieving Women Navigate Success And The "What's Next?" Question

Treva Graves is a global personal brand expert, best-selling author, confidence coach, and keynote speaker. With expertise in building authentic personal & digital brands, monetizing businesses, and cultivating self-confidence for life, she inspires individuals and organizations to reach their full leadership potential.

 
Executive Contributor Treva Graves

So how do high-achieving women navigate success and the "what's next" question? Well, with a blend of curiosity and intentionality. When feeling stuck or uncertain about their next steps, high-achieving women embark on a journey of inquiry, seeking guidance from the women they admire most — mentors, supervisors, colleagues, and friends. By posing thoughtful questions, they glean insights and wisdom to chart their own paths forward. Their journey not only reflects their individual achievements but also underscores the profound connection between their personal brand, values, mission, and purpose. Let’s look at 5 ways they break the barriers.


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Leadership skills development


High achieving women inquire about the leadership skills that propelled women forward in their careers. By understanding their trajectories, they identify gaps in their own skill sets and seek opportunities for growth, such as courses and professional development.


For them, "What's next?" is not a source of anxiety but rather an opportunity for exploration and self-discovery. It's a reminder that their journey is far from over and that there are always new heights to reach and new horizons to explore. Furthermore, high-achieving women are driven by a clear mission – a sense of purpose that transcends individual ambition and contributes to the greater good.


Unique challenges


Acknowledging the unique challenges women face in leadership, they ask about experiences with obstacles like the double bind and pay inequity. Learning how others navigated these hurdles equips them with strategies for overcoming similar challenges. The narrative of high-achieving women is often one of perseverance against the odds. Whether in corporate boardrooms, entrepreneurial ventures, or community leadership roles, high-achieving women have defied societal expectations and forged their paths to success.


Mentorship and support


Recognizing the importance of support systems, they explore the role of mentorship in the journey of successful leaders. They inquire about how these connections were established and maintained, understanding the value of both formal and informal mentorship. By seeking the best leadership advice women have received, high-achieving women gather diverse perspectives and timeless wisdom. They embrace nuggets of guidance, like prioritizing progress over perfection, to inform their own leadership approaches.


Women's leadership style exploration


Curious about different leadership styles, they delve into discussions about personal leadership approaches. They recognize the importance of authenticity and aligning leadership styles with individual values and purpose. Integrity, resilience, empathy, and authenticity are just some of the values that high-achieving women hold dear. These values not only shape their professional conduct but also influence their interactions with colleagues, clients, and communities. By staying true to their values, high-achieving women not only build trust and credibility but also create a strong foundation for their personal brand.


Learning from mistakes


High-achieving women inquire about regrets or lessons learned in leadership journeys, understanding the power of learning from both successes and missteps. By embracing vulnerability, they uncover valuable insights for their own growth. Through consistent questioning and active listening, high-achieving women cultivate a habit of lifelong learning. They document questions for ongoing exploration, ensuring a continuous journey of personal and professional development. By engaging in meaningful conversations with admired leaders, they not only expand their knowledge but also forge deeper connections and inspire future success.


In conclusion, the journey of high-achieving women is a testament to their power of resilience, determination, and purpose. By aligning their achievements with their personal brand – their values, mission, and purpose – high-achieving women have not only shattered barriers but also paved the way for future generations of women to thrive. As they continue to ask themselves, "what's next," they embody the spirit of innovation and progress that defines true leadership.


If you are a high achieving woman contemplating “what’s next,” reach out to me and schedule your free personal branding strategy call here and let’s continue this journey together!


 

Treva Graves, CEO & Founder – Bloom Personal Branding

Treva Graves is a global personal brand expert, best-selling author, confidence coach, and keynote speaker. With expertise in building authentic personal & digital brands, monetizing businesses, and cultivating self-confidence for life, she inspires individuals and organizations to reach their full leadership potential. Treva’s strategic guidance, transformative coaching, and multifaceted certifications make her a sought-after expert in building memorable reputations for success.

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