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How to be a Lady Boss in 10 Easy Steps

By Sophia Fukunishi - 08 Oct 2015

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Lady Boss: A strong and empowered female who knows what she wants and how to get it. Basically the kind of women we, at The Urban List, love. But what makes a lady boss and (more importantly) how do we become one? 

We chat to the women behind 9 to Thrive (Business Chicks’ first expo) to find out just what it takes to become a lady boss. 

#1 Maintain a positive outlook

Maintaining a positive attitude has a profound impact on every aspect of health, including your ability to handle stress, to uphold healthy habits and sustain healthy relationships. Do your very best to keep positive and remember to laugh. When you laugh, your body secretes endorphins and these natural hormones not only give you a lift and make you feel great, they also empower your immune system. 

Where possible, escalate a smile into a chuckle, a chuckle into a laugh and a laugh into a belly-shaking one. A light-hearted approach to life helps us reduce stress and allows us to be spontaneous and enjoy life—and also helps keep us happy and healthy.

Charmaine Sofia, Blackmores Advisory Naturopath

#2 Aim for work-life balance

It’s important to me that I make time for family and myself as much as I make time for work. It’s definitely a juggling act, but delegation is key!

Kelly Taggart, Roses Only Owner

It’s all about making healthy choices and focusing on balance—so prioritising your own wellbeing is the real key here. This includes making time for yourself to take positive actions towards good health—schedule in time to exercise, plan healthy meals, and take some time out daily to do something you love.

Charmaine Sofia, Blackmores Advisory Naturopath

#3 Love what you do

Positivity is a huge part of Benefit's overall brand DNA and why I love my job so much. To me it is a way of life, sharing the feel good experience that Benefit products and staff embody through brand culture, solving beauty dilemmas and offering instant beauty solutions in a FUN, grab-life-by-the-giggles way. I've now worked for Benefit for almost 10 years and it's due to the positivity that the brand embodies that I've stuck around for so long. Loving my work makes it easy to apply positivity to all aspects of my life.

Hannah Terrett, Benefit Australia's National Brow Artist

I would have to say it’s all the amazing, inspiring and interesting people I get to meet and work with. I find people fascinating and I love hearing their stories. Also, I LOVE that I get to be a part of making people feel beautiful. Some of my favourite moments are when someone looks in the mirror and sees them self as they never have before. It’s pretty special. Oh, and the fact I get to work with amazing clothes and shoes—who wouldn’t love that?

Jules Sebastian, stylist, make up artist and television presenter

#4 Goals, goals, goals

I’m a huge goal setter. I set goals in five and two year plans and then update my yearly one as I tick a goal off. I’m a bit of a list person so even if it is ticking off phone calls I have to make, it means there is always an achievement to be done.

Shaynna Blaze, Interior designer and television personality

Without goals, it is impossible to measure how far along your journey you are (as a person, and as a business). I see goals as a scorecard. How do you know what is good if you don’t have a plan? Goals should be aligned to the purpose you have set and allow you to celebrate the significant milestones along the way. 

Naomi Simson, BSchool Mentor

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#5 Stay motivated (even when it’s hard to!)

Being 41 and having had a few rough experiences and having passed through them… I know that everything can be passed through if you're willing to go through the pain.

Sarah Wilson, I Quit Sugar

I think always trying to achieve better than the last thing I’ve done motivates me. I am motivated by how fast paced things move around me and sometimes it’s just a matter of trying to keep up! I love trying new things and testing ideas. It’s good fun to shake it up and take risks sometimes.

Jules Sebastian, stylist, make up artist and television presenter

#6 Learn how to tackle problems

There are problems that need that immediate ‘dive in head first and just fix it NOW’ response and then you sit in the wake of the aftermath and look at those around you and say "what on earth just happened?!".  And then there are the other problems that you need to take a minute to assess and brainstorm with others. There is no one perfect solution to any problem but ignoring them makes them a festering mess—that is one thing I never do.

Shaynna Blaze, Interior designer and television personality

Appreciate that there are others around you who are more than capable of steering the ship, and acknowledging when the right time has come for you to sit on stage left. My way is definitely not the only way…and including other people in the problems usually means that it can get sorted sooner

Naomi Simson, BSchool Mentor

#7 Find inspiration where you can

Pinterest is my favourite place—I love that it's only visual and always up to date with new street style and runway looks from around the globe. I can easily change between fitness, home styling or fashion. I can get lost on there for hours. Instagram is another great source as I follow lots of Scandinavian bloggers, I love their minimal and sleek style.

Nadia Bartel, found and publisher of online fashion hub Chronicles of Nadia

I’m inspired by so many things in my daily creative life and it can change hourly from nature, a building to a piece of music. But my true inspiration that drives me comes from the people in my life—my husband, my kids, my brother and his wife to my aunty and the love of my friendships and the fantastic teams I work with. It's the qualities in the people that are in my life that keeps me going. 

Shaynna Blaze, Interior designer and television personality

#8 It’s all about confidence, baby!

At Benefit we say 'laughter is the best cosmetic' which I think rings very true to what makes a woman beautiful. If a woman is smiling and having fun then she is beautiful. However for a quick beauty fix, never underestimate the power of a strong brow! Brows instantly open your eye and frame the face and can make you feel like the best version of you.

Hannah Terrett, Benefit Australia's National Brow Artist

Confidence comes from taking risks and learning from those experiences, as well a supportive network of family and friends. I took a risk a couple of years ago to leave my well paying 9-5 job and go out on my own and the fact that it all went well gave me the confidence to take on new projects like my new e-store, The Con-nection.

Nadia Bartel, found and publisher of online fashion hub Chronicles of Nadia

#9 Have a supportive network of people

I am surrounded by the most inspiring humans who are serious over achievers. It pushes me forward. I love people who have a positive outlook on life and get on with giving their best to whatever they are doing. My husband inspires me a lot. Not only is he super talented, he is humble, kind and has time for everyone. Awwww.

Jules Sebastian, stylist, make up artist and television presenter

I love my family, my work, my friends. The perfect mix of these makes me happy... and dark chocolate.

Kelly Taggart, Roses Only Owner

#10 Know what you want

Don’t be afraid to pull out your pen and paper and get jotting. There is nothing quite like an old pros and cons list. But most importantly, remember you are the driver of your own destiny and wellbeing!

Charmaine Sofia, Blackmores Advisory Naturopath

The key to success is finding something you are truly passionate about—and if you’re not sure, then be deeply curious about a lot of things. Most entrepreneurs go into business because they see a problem and want to fix it. It’s something they’re completely passionate about—it’s all they can talk about. 

Naomi Simson, BSchool Mentor

What is 9 to Thrive? 

9 to Thrive is the first expo by Business Chicks and is essentially the everything experience for women. Not your typical expo, 9 to Thrive will cover everything from career to health, lifestyle and delicious eats (oh, and some cocktails too, of course!). Hear from speakers like Michelle Bridges and Zoe Foster Blake, and explore the carefully selected exhibits to fill out your day.

Want in? Get your best girls together and buy your tickets online.

9 to Thrive opening times:

  • Friday 23 October: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday 24 October: 10am-4pm

Editor's Note: This article is proudly sponsored by Business Chicks and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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