As a busy professional in today’s modern world, you understand that life isn’t always easy or simple. Being a woman in the workforce can be tricky, which is why it’s incredibly important that female co-workers have someone to look up to.
A strong role model and mentor can make an incredible difference in the lives of the women around her, which is why it’s vital that you take the necessary steps to make sure you’re showcasing your best qualities and lifting up the women around you.
You don’t have to have a lot of experience to be a strong mentor, nor do you need professional training.
In fact, you’ll be surprised at just how far a positive attitude and a strong dedication to learning and self-improvement can really go.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Focus on the Positive
Make sure you focus on the positive as much as possible. When presented with obstacles or frustrating situations, it can be easy to dwell on the “what-if’s” of a situation, just as it can be easy to assume the worst will happen.
Why not set a positive example for the women around you? Make an effort to consider potential outcomes, but place an emphasis on the benefits and perks of any given situation.
For example, if you have to work late, instead of complaining that you’re going to be tired, focus on the fact that you can make additional income. Other women around you will notice and pick up on your attitude regarding your situation at work. This will help them to match your attitude.
Remember that positive attitudes are great for your overall health. Being overly negative or feeling frequently stressed can actually make you more likely to become sick. It can also make you feel anxious, frustrated, and sad.
While you don’t need to act “fake” in order to be positive, you should take a step back when you encounter a tricky situation and try to evaluate your options for reacting.
2. Set Reasonable Goals
It’s important to set goals you can consistently work toward and reach. While there’s nothing wrong with setting lofty goals, these can often be unattainable and it can be frustrating when you don’t get what you want. Why not try setting reasonable goals on a regular basis?
You can do this with the other women you work with. This can also help them to set their own goals, both in the workplace and in their personal lives. For example, if you work at a call center and you want to increase your productivity, set a specific goal.
You could say, “I want to answer four phone calls per hour” or “I want to help 10% more customers this week.” These are specific goals that can help you feel better about yourself while improving your production at work.
3. Avoid Trash-Talking
It’s easy to become over-worked, over-stressed, and over-tired. Sometimes, when you’re emotionally and physically drained, trash-talking just sort of happens. Try to avoid this.
Talking negatively about your boss, fellow co-workers, or even your customers can be a recipe for disaster. It also sets a negative overtone for your place of work. If you need to vent, consider writing in a diary or journal so you can let out your feelings.
You may also want to choose one person you don’t work with whom you can safely express your feelings to. When you’re at work, however, remember that trash-talking people, places, or situations can create a negative working environment.
It can also encourage other co-workers to demonstrate the same poor attitude. Why not keep negativity to yourself as much as possible? This can help you to demonstrate strong leadership and empathy skills to the other women you work with.
4. Reach Out
Part of being a good role model and mentor is to know when to reach out to the women around you. If you see someone hurting or struggling, it’s important that you talk with them.
Something as simple as sending an email to see how a meeting went or stopping by someone’s desk to ask about their day can make an incredible difference.
If you notice a particular co-worker who seems to be feeling down or frustrated, you could even invite them to lunch or coffee and offer your ear. you’ll be surprised at just how much this can improve your working relationship and can lead to great success for both of you at work.
5. Pay Attention
While office drama can happen anywhere, make sure you pay attention to this type of problem in your office. If you notice a few coworkers who seem to be getting catty with one another, consider meeting with them to discuss the situation.
You may also need to preemptively implement office strategies that will keep dramatic issues at bay.
Remember that in order to create a positive working environment and to be a strong role model to the women around you, you’ll need to make sure you abide by these policies, too. Avoid getting involved in office drama regardless of how “juicy” it may be.
While becoming a mentor isn’t an easy task, it can be incredibly rewarding. As you develop your leadership skills and grow in your position at the company you’re with, you’ll have more and more opportunities to exhibit strong leadership abilities and mentoring capabilities to the women you work with.
It’s no secret that finding strong female role models can be tricky, which is why choosing to focus on becoming a great role model is an incredible endeavor.
Remember to be patient with yourself. If you’ve never been a role model before or you’ve never worked on mentoring other females, you might find getting started a bit tricky. Keep in mind, however, that your efforts will be well worth the trouble.
The other woman in your office will love having someone they can not only look up to, but that they can trust to guide them effectively and efficiently as you all work together.