By Yvette Bethel
Women in business operate in an environment dominated by male business owners. In this context, we learn to exhibit behaviors that help us to sustain successful businesses, sometimes allowing masculine traits to override our natural nurturing strengths because in the current business paradigm, nurturing traits are sometimes viewed as weak.
To survive in a male dominated environment, as women, we program ourselves to use logic, sometimes to the exclusion of intuition, we focus on goals centered on making a profit and we view those who can support us as competition. While more and more women are shifting their mental models to embrace their natural strengths, we need even more women to buy into a balanced approach to entrepreneurship.
There are wounded women entrepreneurs who operate from deeply buried pain. These wounded women tend to exhibit low self-esteem, so they surround themselves with people who echo their thoughts and values. They become extremely offended by employees who express ideas for improving the business, because they identify so closely with their business that the suggestions are translated through their filters as negative. I have observed these women justify ignoring valuable ideas by recounting all the mistakes of the employee making the suggestion, because they are unable to separate a good idea from how they feel about the person. (more…)
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