Innovative Cleaning Services is led by Jennifer Corbett-Shramo, who has slowly grown to become one of the cleaning industry’s most prominent female CEOs. That progress has allowed her a great deal of experience from which to pull advice. While these tips can apply to any leader, they can be doubly helpful for women, who continually face higher expectations than their male counterparts.
The work-life Balance: facts and fictions.
Finding a work-life balance is important for any leader, but as we’ve seen, the rule of thumb for women leaders is if men have to try at it, women have to try harder. Therefore, the work-life pinch is probably felt more acutely for most women. Being there for the kids, financial concerns of the family, daily house tasks, planning vacations, and more all could (potentially) be seen as essential responsibilities of the woman of the house, regardless of professional needs.
Building a great team is one of the most essential tenets of any manager. To be able to foster an environment where employees feel connected, valued, and empowered propels everyone toward success. For women in the driver’s seat, it’s important to feel comfortable with delegating when it makes sense to. Don’t be driven by the impulse to prove that you can do it all. This comes easily to some, and can be a real stumbling block to others, both male and female. It’s more common, though, for women to feel the need to prove oneself, because she will be more likely to experience looks, comments, and other such negativity than her male counterparts.
Finding common ground
The truth of the matter is that men dominate the professional world, and carry an outsized role in defining its culture. That being said, there is much more that can be gained from emphasizing the things that unify male and female leaders, and using these as an entry point when approaching a business meeting of predominantly male counterparts. People like what they like, and when you show that you can connect with them over that, you stand to connect. This falls under the category of good people skills, but working on it will help any woman in the stressful situation of walking into an all-male room. Keep open communications with your spouse, and plan your time! When it’s work time, do your best to intentionally work, and when you’ve scheduled family time, do your absolute best to let the emails rest until you’re back “on the clock”.
Much of the pain that is felt here may be self-inflicted. Too often, we can tell ourselves that we HAVE TO work later hours, for example, to look a certain way, or even out of fear. I can’t stress how important it is to put in the effort to grow yourself. This may be in the form of a business coach, therapist, or other such help. The better you understand your motivations, the better you can find your balance and work to your fullest potential.
A growing number of women are facing the challenges of a leadership role in a culture that wasn’t designed with them in mind industries like Janitorial companies in Orange County are the same. Mindfully seeking improvement in the ways mentioned above can start a virtuous circle that can improve cultures, not only for women, but for everyone involved.