If you look back in history, entrepreneurship has been dominated by men. However, more recently, there’s been a shift as we see more and more women step out of secondary positions in business and entrepreneurship and into high level, CEO positions across countless industries. Prominent women like Estee Lauder, Debbi Fields, Oprah Winfrey, Anita Roddick and J.K. Rowling embody the kind of vision, passion and perseverance present in some of today’s most inspirational and memorable female entrepreneurs and leaders. These are women who have overcome obstacles like balancing work and family, single motherhood, prejudice that favored men and have blazed trails opening doors for the next generation of women to become leaders, entrepreneurs or heads of companies.
We have our own example at First County Bank with the recent promotion of Katherine Harris to the position of President and COO of the bank. This is the first time in the history of the bank a woman has held this position.
My own enthusiasm about Kathy’s role as president and her vision for First County Bank got me thinking about the qualities that make women great leaders and visionaries. What are some of the common characteristics of a female entrepreneur? A recent article by Ladies Who Launch says that women have always possessed qualities that give them the edge to become a successful entrepreneur and natural leader. Qualities that are inherent in most women, if accessed have the potential to make them unstoppable. What are these qualities? Read what they say here and give us your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you! http://www.ladieswholaunch.com/magazine/women-entrepreneurs.