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You Are Entitled to Communicate Your Needs
In this article, we look at the concept of accountability and its importance in building trust and integrity, as well as the role that effective communication plays in making sure we are empowered to express our needs without fear. We also take a look at current statistics on women and trust.
Why Do You Need to Communicate Your Needs
As women in business, we face unique challenges regarding communication and accountability.
It’s important to know how to communicate our needs while holding ourselves and others accountable effectively.
Accountability is a critical aspect of communication. Holding someone accountable means letting them know that they have neglected an obligation or responsibility that is incumbent upon them by virtue of their position or personal consent. When people refuse to be held accountable for their commitments, they lack trust and integrity personality traits.
As women in business, it’s important that we hold ourselves and others accountable for our actions and commitments.
This builds stronger connections and credibility, which is essential for success in any field.
Communicating your needs is also important for empowering oneself and others around you. You also give permission to show vulnerability. Unfortunately, not everyone is receptive to our needs and may even punish us for expressing them. Anyone who rejects your attempt to communicate your needs or, worse, labels you as entitled does not deserve your engagement. They have no sincere interest in your wellbeing.
As women, we must learn to communicate our needs effectively and get used to being honest when our needs are dismissed, without canceling the legitimate needs of others around us.
Entitlement is a common problem in communication, particularly when someone rejects your needs and demands things from you that they themselves don’t deliver on. This can lead to a toxic work/relationship environment and undermine compassion and credibility.
Female entrepreneurs need to watch out for a sense of entitlement in themselves and others. When we recognise the signs of entitlement thinking in communication, we can avoid negative situations and build healthier, more productive relationships.
According to a recent survey by KPMG, 67% of women in leadership positions say they’re confident in their abilities, compared to 73% of men. This confidence gap is a real challenge for women in business, and it’s important to understand its causes. One factor is the lack of diverse representation of women in leadership positions, which can create a culture of self-doubt and ‘imposter syndrome’ when women do not have their cultural needs met or don’t have their lifestyles facilitated.
How can you be expected to communicate your needs in an unsupportive environment? Another factor is the tendency for women to attribute success to external factors rather than their own abilities. By understanding these challenges, we can take steps to build our confidence and close the confidence gap.
In summary, clarity in understanding the communication dynamics of accountability, entitlement, and communicating one’s own needs, will accelerate the progress of women in business. By holding ourselves and others accountable, and effectively communicating our needs clearly, we can navigate the entitlement dynamics we are exposed to in order to foster healthier, more productive relationships to achieve our goals. It’s also important to recognize the challenges we face as women in business, which may be related to past habits and psychological conditioning that will serve as obstacles in our way. That’s where having a great coach to guide you and who can see your blind spots would be a significant advantage in your communications currency.
If you would like help with this, contact MissCommuniteam or Download The 7 Mistake Your’re making in Communications Right Now.
About the Author
Name: Jan Daudi
Title: Mrs. Jan Daudi – BSc, MA, TEFL
Bio: Jan Daudi is a communications coach and journalist helping ambitious women maximise their communications currency and increase their word wealth by training them to ‘say what they mean, mean what they say, without being mean’. She is a best-selling co-author, international speaker, and expert on communication strategies for safe spaces in the diversity and inclusion context.
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