Empowering Women In Technology: Strategies For Leadership

Polly Price, Principal Product Manager at Axiologik, shares strategies for women in tech, unmasking the power of transferable skills and overcoming imposter syndrome.

From finding passion and transferable skills to overcoming imposter syndrome through community support, seizing opportunities, setting goals, and choosing values-aligned companies, here is a quick guide to empower women to navigate diverse sectors and contribute to a more inclusive tech future.

Read on to find out how you can develop leaderships skills and achieve successful career advancement.

Find your passion: Transferable skills open doors

In the tech world, it’s not just about technical skills. Soft skills – like teamwork and communication – are just as important for success. Polly’s journey from HR and payroll to various sectors taught her that problem-solving is a valuable skill that goes beyond a specific industry.

Embarking on a career in the tech industry, I have navigated my way through various sectors — from HR and payroll and retail finance to working with the NHS and HMRC.

Polly Price, Principal Product Manager at Axiologik

Overcoming imposter syndrome: Embrace the power of community

Imposter syndrome can be a formidable opponent, particularly for women in the tech industry. However, acknowledging and talking about it with others is a powerful way to combat its effects. Investing in a supportive network, filled with individuals who can serve as cheerleaders during challenging times, is invaluable.

Sharing experiences and realising that others have faced similar doubts can be a source of strength, helping women in tech push through self-doubt and achieve their full potential.

Seize every opportunity: Break free from self-imposed limitations

Women often hold themselves back from applying for job prospects, fearing they may not meet every criterion listed. Every opportunity that arises is a crucial step toward career advancement. Confidence grows through experience, and by embracing challenges head-on, women in tech can break free from self-imposed limitations and showcase their capabilities.

Set goals and ambitions: Fuel for growth and confidence

Setting clear goals and ambitions provides a roadmap for career progression. It not only fuels motivation but also offers a sense of achievement when milestones are reached. Reflecting on personal growth over the years allows for self-assessment and builds confidence. Whether it’s acquiring new skills, taking on leadership roles, or making a positive impact within the organisation, having clear goals guides the journey toward success.

Fostering inclusivity and belonging: Choose a company aligned with your values

Working for a company that aligns with your ethos and values is essential for career satisfaction. As a working woman, especially those with family responsibilities, flexibility and understanding are crucial. Seek out employers that cultivate a culture of belonging and acceptance.

A diverse workforce and leadership team that reflects representation ensures that everyone across the organisation feels equal and valued. This inclusivity not only creates a supportive environment but also contributes to a rich tapestry of ideas and perspectives.

Paving the way for a brighter and more inclusive future in tech

By implementing these strategies, women can not only advance their careers but also contribute to a more inclusive and diverse tech industry. As Polly has experienced first-hand, a fulfilling career in technology is not just about technical prowess; it’s about embracing your passion, building a supportive network, and continuously striving for personal and professional growth.

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