Oprah Winfrey said that meditation is one of the secrets of her success. Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, has time and again stressed on the need of a supportive husband for a woman to be successful in business. Arianna Huffington credits success to past failures as she truly believes in them being the pillars of success. Editor-In-Chief of Cosmopolitan, Joanna Coles says that restful weekends have helped her remain at the top of her game.

Every successful business woman will have her own take on the reasons or what facilitated their success. Those attributes or factors may not apply to all. But there are certain elements that are quintessential for you to become a successful business woman.

  • To become a successful business woman, the first thing you need is the ability to chart your own course. You must be a leader and shouldn’t let others dictate terms to you at all times. You need to be able to take the calls and must decide what is good for your business, what you should do and how. Being a trailblazer is necessary to succeed in business.
  • Instinct plays a major role as well. You need to trust your instinct. More importantly, you need to be instinctive. Your instincts may not be correct all the time but the fact that you have them will give you an edge. You should hone your instincts and harness the potential they have.
  • You have to be a great networker. No one can succeed without the help of a great team and an expansive network. For instance, if you run a courier business and if you are in international parcel shipping, then you need to consistently grow your network and thus the outreach of your business. You may have a network that facilitates delivery to London. You need to develop a network that would facilitate delivery of parcel to France. This is just one instance. There are innumerable ways to grow your business and growth is a precursor to success.
  • You have to be self-aware, not just as a business owner but also as a woman. You need to know your strengths and weaknesses. Everyone has weaknesses and only those succeed who learn how to deal with those weaknesses and overcome them. It is all in how you deal with your daily challenges and keep your focus on and pursuit of the larger picture.