Becoming a leader doesn’t require you to overhaul your personality or change your personal style. In fact, the things that make you special and unique will make you a better leader. To be effective, you need to work on enhancing your strengths and improving your weaknesses. You may need to learn some new behaviors, like holding back tears, or cutting back on others, such as placing blame elsewhere, but never try to be someone you’re not.

We’ve had countless women ask us how they can maintain their identity when everyone around them is trying to change them. Many of them have heard from their superiors that some aspect of their behavior needs to change, such as their style of dress or their habit of procrastinating, ...

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