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There are numerous outstanding black women who give their all to make change happen for the better. They are leaders, trustees, activists, and community builders. Many black women have stepped up and positively impacted the world by building peace with everyone around them through their actions. These women contribute to making this world a better place for everyone.

group of young businesswomen working together
Group of young businesswomen working together

In today's world, every woman has the power to make a difference and make their community a better place. We all can do something that makes a difference in someone else's life.

Leadership is the art of leading others and involves learning to be a role model, mentor, and consultant to those around you. Being a good leader will require one important skill: a passion for your work and purpose.

It's impossible to lead without other people following. Regardless of what you've achieved in your career, if the work stops and you stop inspiring others, you won't be a leader for long. This is where the key steps black women can take to become great leaders come in handy:

Steps Women of Color Take To Become Great Leaders and Managers

There's a good chance that you've heard the phrase "Lead by example" before. However, what does it mean? If you've read any of my other articles, you know I'm talking about paying attention to your surroundings so you can learn from others. This time, I want to talk about something that's been on my radar for quite some time: Black women. The average Black woman has a dream she wants to accomplish — and with such large numbers of us out there doing our thing, we form a powerful force of influence in society.

Businesswoman doing a presentation in the conference room The Black Girl Initiative
Businesswoman doing a presentation in the conference room

Leadership is an art. Few realize how important and desired leadership skills are in our society. And as a Black woman, it is even more important for you to develop your leadership skills. Leadership "cannot be simply given but must be earned through action."

There are a number of ways that black women can become great leaders, but first, it is important to understand what makes a woman leader.

A Great Woman Leader

A woman leader is one who inspires others to be the best they can be. She does not look for recognition or praise but rather focuses on the achievements of others. A woman leader leads by example and action, making her team feel valued and important. She uses her voice to show them how to do things better and with more confidence.

A woman leader understands that leadership is not just about leading but also about being led. She knows that while there are many different ways to lead, there are only two kinds of leaders: those who follow and those who lead. Those who lead are those who inspire others to bring out their best selves.

A woman leader leads by example and action, making her team feel valued and important. She uses her voice to show them how to do things better and with more confidence.

Let’s jump right in; what are the steps to becoming a great leader?

1. Be Confident

Black women are often told that they are not good enough or don't deserve to be successful. This can cause many self-doubts, making it difficult for them to step into their greatness. But there's no need for that! Black women are worthy of greatness and should believe in their strengths.

2. Be A Listener

Leaders are born, not made. There is no better way to learn how to be a leader than by leading others. To become a great leader, you must learn the art of listening. You need to be able to listen to the voice inside of you that tells you what’s right and what’s wrong, who you should be and who you shouldn’t be. As with any skill, learning how to listen well requires practice and time. If you want to become a great leader, then start listening now!

3. Take Accountability For Your Life

Black women are taught from an early age that they must take care of themselves before caring for anyone else. That's great if you're a child and need to learn this lesson, but as an adult, it's time to let go of the unhealthy relationship with your inner critic and embrace your power instead.

4. Find Your Purpose And Live It!

Your purpose is what makes you feel good about yourself when things go wrong in your life; it is what motivates you to get up every day when things seem hard; it's what gives you energy when you're tired or sick; it's what helps you make better decisions than other people around you; it's what makes you successful at whatever job or career path you choose; it's who you are when no one else is looking at that "good girl" image that others have created for us through stereotypes and negative messages about Black women being "angry," "uneducated," and "lazy."

You cannot live up to someone else's standards or expectations of who you should be. Yes, it's ok to have goals for yourself and others but don't let them define who you are as a person.

5. Be Open-Minded

You need to be open-minded about things like relationships, career choices, and even hobbies, including music, art, and sports, which are all great ways of connecting with others on an emotional level.

6. Be Honest

Honesty doesn't mean telling people everything they want to hear if it isn't true. It means giving them accurate feedback so they can make informed decisions themselves without having been lied to by others first!

This can seem like a hard concept at first, but once you get used to doing it, it will become second nature. It also means being honest with yourself because it's a lot more difficult to lie to others if you're not lying to yourself.

7. Be Realistic About Your Goals And Expectations

Let's face it — life isn't always easy or fair. What we want from the world might not always be what we get.

Never underestimate yourself or anyone else when it comes to achieving your goals. You may be able to do something someone else couldn't, but remember that you can still learn from other people's experiences and use those as building blocks for your success.

Be willing to take risks by accepting challenges that may seem daunting at first glance but will pay off in the end if you keep pushing yourself to complete them successfully. Remember that failure doesn't always mean you're failing as an individual; it can also mean learning something new along the way, which will help you reach higher heights in life later on down the road."

8. Be aware of your strengths, weaknesses, and biases. This will help you build a foundation of knowledge that can be used to make better decisions in the future.

9. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it! There are many people out there who would love nothing more than to help someone else succeed in whatever they are trying to achieve (whether it's something big like an accomplishment or just taking it one step at a time).

10. Be kind and compassionate towards others — both people in your life and strangers around you — especially those who have less than what many would consider an ideal life situation or circumstance (but those who make up our society).


So, what can you do to become a great leader? You just have to find your way and share your experiences with others so they can learn from you. Even though it may be difficult and you may get discouraged, remember that there is always hope. This is because support will come even when things seem bleak if you keep going. Encourage women around you as well, and feel free to take any advice given to you.

a confident businesswoman sitting in her office
a confident businesswoman sitting in her office

In the end, if you want to become a great leader, then all you need to do is stay true to who you are and continue following your dreams.


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