Penny Fray discovers why you don’t have to be scary or unsisterly to be successful.
Being seen as someone successful used to be so simple – all you had to do was wear blood-red lipstick, be prepared to stomp all over someone with your Jimmy Choo shoes and you were good to go. But these days, not even the classic baddie is willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead. Why? Well, being an alpha villain is totally outré in 2013.
Take recent rumours about the catfight between Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence, for example. Rather than allowing the media to divide and conquer, flame-haired Chastain hit back on social media with an inspirational message of female unity.
“Why do we support the myth that women are competitive and cannot get along?” she justifiably asked on Facebook. “Every time an actress is celebrated for her great work – I cheer. With support and encouragement, we can help inspire this industry to create opportunities for women. And as we know, a great year for women in film is a great year for all females.”
It is an important point. After all, whenever a woman supports another in the workplace or in public, they become a little bit stronger. But it’s not just a matter of gender. It’s about supporting humanity in general. Competition may be useful to a certain point but then co-operation must come into play. Proof of this can be seen throughout history. And so, the message du jour is that you can achieve any goal on your own merit rather than trampling on a fellow human being. After all, if super celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Queen Rania of Jordan are using their influence to inspire others, can’t we?
Here are eight tips from a selection of Omani businesswomen on how to become more alpha positive: