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The answers that you provide to these questions will determine what strategy you can use to gain power. To the modern women, power is an edge which places her ahead of others. Power brings with it certain privi- leges, respect and attention.


If your main concern is to acquire financial /personal power then, you must assess your current status. Is it enough to take you where you want to be or do you need to acquire a new skill? Do you own a business or work in a 9 – 5 job?


1. Make yourself relevant, be an expert and the ‘go to’ person in your field or organization. Learn new and relevant ways of getting your job done more efficiently and be willing to help others. When you help others you push yourself up.


2. Keep a record of your achievements within the organization and present them to your manager when it is most needed. This is one of the ways you can be measured and assessed. At the begin- ning of the year, sit with your manager and write down what his/her expectations are for your job. Meet your target and go beyond their expectations if you can. At the end of the year have another meeting and discuss your achievements for the year and ask for more responsibilities.


3. Whenever there are higher positions requiring the skillset that you possess, apply for it.


4. As a business owner have a goal of where you want to be and make a plan of how you will achieve your goal. Remember to network often and get a coach who can take you from where you are to where you want to be. These processes will not occur over night but, you must remain consistent in whatever you do and be authentic.


When you get hold of power, let it be a vehicle that you can use to fulfil your dream or purpose and help other people to find themselves in the process. Don’t lose who you are and your values for the pursuit of power. Instead, use what ever power you have to ef- fect meaningful and positive changes in the lives of the people that you come across. Use your power to bring other women together. Let us all learn and celebrate our uniqueness and authenticity.


Remember that every one of us has got a measure of power resident on the inside of us. What we do with it goes a long way to determine what posterity will say about us. ■


Pamela Evbota is the founder of Ladies Networking Services an online networking resource for women who want a new lifestyle through entrepreneurship. She believes that ‘our purpose is often wrapped in our dreams. And a fulfilled life is one lived with Purpose’. Pamela is married with two energetic boys who keep her on her toes. You can learn more about Pamela @ www.ladiesnetworking.com


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