Our team at Maningas Cosmetic Surgery knows what it takes to be a Boss Lady. This majority-female squad is all about knowing what we want, making the dream a reality brick-by-brick, and being true to ourselves in the process. (Not to mention shattering a glass ceiling here and there!)
We collected some tips from our fabulous team and boiled the advice down into a list of inspiring boss lady habits that we hope will prove useful for all of the blossoming bosses out there!
1. Walk with confidence.
People read body language, and how you enter a room makes a difference in how you are perceived as the boss. Walking with confidence, head held high, will give the people around you the impression that you are capable of handling whatever comes your way.
2. Speak with clarity and certainty.
Don’t apologize right and left for minor things. Instead, save apologies for when it is appropriate and necessary. It’s important to be vulnerable and honest when the situation calls for it, but if you hear yourself apologizing throughout the day, ask yourself if the mistake truly merits an apology.
Instead, use your spare words to uplift others. Compliment the keen eye of the person who caught your mistake, or wait for the next opportunity to offer well-earned praise.
3. Cozy up to imperfection.
Boss Ladies tend to have a common characteristic: we want things to be perfect. But, on the spectrum from perfection to failure, there is a LOT of gray area. In your work, try to notice when you’re fixating on something that’s not worth the energy, and let it be. It’s been said that you can’t be everything to everyone all the time—this is fact. Do your best, and don’t be hard on yourself when you miss something.
4. Forgive yourself as needed.
When you fail, be gentle on yourself. After all, if you let failure knock you down, you may miss the opportunity that follows!
“There is no such thing as failure; failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”
Give yourself a break when it comes to work-life balance as well. You don’t have to be talented at everything, nor should you feel guilty if, for example, you can’t get dinner on the table after a long day at work. Ask your SO to take up the slack or get food delivered—you’ve earned it.
5. Rise to the occasion.
The person who has the guts to say “let me handle it” is often the person who rises in an organization’s ranks. Spot an opening? Even if you don’t yet know how you’ll complete the task, jump in! Trust yourself to pull together the necessary resources, knowledge, and people to accomplish great things. Remember, you can always ask for help in the process.
6. Own your choices.
When others question your decision, don’t immediately write it off yourself. Stand by your choices, and don’t be easily overrun. This applies to both work and your personal life. You are in charge of your calendar (or your lack thereof), so be sure-footed in how you spend your time as you work toward your long-term plan.
7. Take care of the basics.
Owning your choices can also mean simply taking care of yourself, whether that be with your diet, exercise, sleep schedule, or mental health. Skipping out on social “obligations” to get enough sleep is not wrong, nor is hiring a babysitter to allow you some me-time. Self-care today will help you thrive and show up more fully tomorrow.
8. Keep learning and adapting.
Growth is the condition of life, so approach changes in your field as opportunities to challenge yourself. When a need arises for a new system, don’t think “Not again!”—instead, cultivate an attitude of curiosity.
9. Surround yourself with people you admire.
Surround yourself with the kind of people you want to be like, and give them what you want to receive. Stay in touch, and stay supportive. When you work with like-minded people who you respect, work can feel less like your “9-5,” and more like a big collaboration. And when you have skills to share, offer that wisdom to others.
10. Tend to your confidence.
Anyone can look like a boss, but feeling confident is foundational. This can be as easy as giving yourself a pep talk before an important meeting, getting a fresh haircut, or dressing in a way that inspires you each time you catch your reflection.
That said, for those of us with appearance concerns, maintaining confidence is easier said than done. If you have a feature that has been holding you back, consider talking to a cosmetic surgeon. There are realistic solutions for many common concerns (from acne scarring to a weak chin) and patients often say how making a long-desired change frees them from constant self-scrutiny, allowing them to focus on more important things.
Your Joplin cosmetic surgery team is here to help
For those in the Joplin and greater Northwest Arkansas area, the team at Maningas Cosmetic Surgery is here to help you enhance your natural beauty and boost your confidence! Call us at (417) 437-0303 or contact us online to schedule your consultation or your Medspa visit.