Women in Business: Megan Evert on the Value of Taking Risks and Building a Support Team
“Women are always their own worst critics. We need to learn to be kind to ourselves, and not carry excess guilt or judgement.”
Aspiring women leaders have many obstacles to overcome.
Climbing the business ladder can be extremely difficult at times, especially when the majority of work fields are male-dominate.
Researchers predict that women executives will make up merely 30% of organizational leadership roles by the year 2027.
While that may seem somewhat disappointing to aspiring women leaders, our hope is to bring that number up by bringing awareness to the inconsistencies in the work field — as well as inspiring many other women to push those barriers!
Which brings us to our new blog segment, where we will be focusing on the struggles women in business face — along with highlighting some key advice and experiences from successful women in the business world!
Below are lessons she’s learned during her journey to a senior position, as well as some great advice for women looking to advance in their career!
Don’t compare yourself to others
Megan says her biggest challenge in business has been learning how to minimize the desire to compare herself to those around her.
She is a working mom in a male-dominated industry. Which made it difficult for her to find a peer group with shared experiences.
“This leads me to compare myself to other groups, which inevitably leads me to feel like I am not measuring up in all the same ways.”
The path Megan took that led her to where she is now is unique. She has to remind herself to not undervalue her experience, and not allow herself to be underestimated by her peers.
“There is an expectation for women to work like they don’t have children, and raise children as if they don’t work. I have both, which comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities.
It’s unproductive to try and evaluate my experience based on others, because my experience is uniquely my own.”
Everyone’s journey is different. Each individual moves at a different pace — that doesn’t make your success any less significant than your peers’!
Growth comes from being uncomfortable
Women have a tendency of staying where they are comfortable. The unknown is scary — especially when it can affect your income.
Megan says to appreciate the unexpected developments, and the learning that takes place when you are uncomfortable.
“It might appear now that my career path was completely intentional, but that is not the case. I didn’t always know what my next role would be, which taught me how to take risks and overcome obstacles.”
Her advice to her younger-self and others like her, would be to be present in these situations. Appreciate what you are learning and experiencing in each role — both good and bad — and stop focusing on what’s missing or what’s next.
“I would also remind myself to be authentic, and to avoid trying to fit into the mold of what I thought others wanted me to be.”
Find comfort in the unknown.
You never know what you might learn, or what opportunity might unveil itself, unless you take that risk!
Find someone who wants you to succeed
Being the minority in your industry can be unsettling. It might feel as if the world is working against you.
That’s why it is incredibly important to build a support team.
A support team who genuinely wants you to succeed and will always be honest with you.
“I have several women in my life who play that role. I would not be where I am without them cheering me on, and telling me the brutally honest things I need to hear because they care.”
Remember your motivation and take control
Megan says it’s important to be clear on what drives you, and why you do what you do everyday.
This will help you to stay motivated, and not give up when things get difficult.
Your destination might be unclear, but Megan’s advice is to stay mindful of what you can control, and don’t give others control over what is yours.
Lastly, Megan speaks on how she believes men can help create equality in the workplace:
“Men need to take an intentional approach to check their bias and privilege at the door. This starts with listening and showing empathy.
Men are so used to assuming they have the answers, but just listening and working on authentic points of connection will go a long way.”
Stay tuned for more stories and advice from other successful women coming soon!
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