Women think differently to men. And we face, and place on ourselves, different expectations – particularly once we’ve had children. The feeling that we are not good enough, that we “should” do it ALL – at work, at home, with our family, is real, and leaves many of us working ourselves to the bone, with an unhealthy and unhappy work-life balance.
The struggle for confidence that many women, even the brightest, most able women, experience is a real one, and it is this lack of confidence and self-belief that frequently leaves women feeling afraid or ashamed to push themselves forward, so worried about failing that they don’t take the steps that might just see them succeed, and sees many unable to delegate, procrastinating over decisions, or saying “yes” more often than they really want to, with too much to do as a result.
All this can stop even the brightest, most successful and ambitious of women from moving forward, tackling problems and making changes that would bring them more success and greater happiness.
Whether I’m working with individuals on a private basis, business-owners or senior executives in a corporate setting, my coaching clients are typically busy professional women who are juggling both career or business ambitions and family, and want to achieve success across both. My typical coaching clients include:
- Professional women who are taking on more and more, wishing they could say no but always saying yes, with more on their plate than they can cope with as a result
- Female small business-owners who want to grow their business with confidence, and improve their income
- Ambitious, successful working women and business owners who are secretly struggling with personal confidence, which is stopping them from progressing and achieving the changes and further success they are looking for .
- Female managers in medium to large organisations feeling overwhelmed and facing burnout as they “power on through it” while feeling pulled in opposite directions by the twin demands of job and family
- Teachers and senior leaders in schools, who are struggling with stress and long working hours and craving a better work-life balance
- Newly-promoted women (especially first time managers or leaders) who want to develop their confidence in dealing with people and new responsibilities more easily and successfully
- Female leaders, executives, professionals and teachers who have just had their first baby and are struggling with confidence and fears about managing work and family commitments
- Working mothers who want to make a change in their careers, either because their children are growing and they’re ready to focus on their own development again, or because they need to develop a career with greater flexibility or financial reward to work alongside their family’s needs.