7 Lessons From Influential Women in Business

Women in Business

Businesswomen can teach valuable lessons about succeeding in your career. In honor of American Business Women's Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 22, here are seven lessons to take away from these powerhouses.

1. Have heart.

Laura Fitton, HubSpot’s inbound marketing evangelist and Twitter for Dummies co-author, says her heart has been the force behind major moments in her business ventures, from helping others to overcoming personal setbacks. Care about what you do, and others will respond.

2. Have a plan.

Ellen Kullman, board chair and CEO of DuPont, worked at the company for 22 years in a number of roles before moving into the corner office. Although the company was going through tough times, she drew up tactics for improvement right away when she knew the job was obtainable.

3. Take advantage of big opportunities.

Beth Mooney, KeyCorp’s CEO, got her break two years after college when a bank manager said he’d accept her into the bank’s management training program if she earned an MBA at night. Know an opportunity when you see one, and make the most of it.

4. Set career goals.

You’ve heard it your entire life, but it still rings true: Set goals. Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Company, knew from childhood that she wanted to lead a company, so she set short-term and long-term goals to make her dream a reality.

5. Never get complacent.

It’d be easy for a 102-year-old company to get complacent. But IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty doesn’t let that happen. She pushes the tech giant into newer markets, picks up more customers and commercializes the supercomputer Watson, all in an effort to keep IBM innovative.

6. Don’t be afraid.

Facebook’s chief operating officer and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg is tough and ambitious. One of her most famous quotes is, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” Ask yourself that question as you move through your career.

7. Stay curious.

Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, believes that staying curious “leads to new ideas, new jobs, new industries.” With change being the only constant in today’s business world, it’s vital that you remain curious, ready to learn and adaptable.

What lessons have you learned from the businesswomen in your life? Let us know in the comments section.