Essential skills women should master

10 Essential Skills Successful Women Should Master

Do you consider yourself a leader? Do you see yourself being an example for others to follow when it comes to being successful in life? According to Women Love Tech, “The current trends indicate that women have a greater potential of making great leaders and people of influence across the globe.” All successful women have essential skills that they have mastered throughout their life which contribute to their prosperity. If you learn these 10 essential skills, you can deal with any challenge sent your way. Your career will flourish, your relationships will be stable, your kids will be happy and healthy, your goals will be realized and you’ll have the life you want.

Here are 10 essential skills successful women should master:

Financial Literacy

Wealth isn’t just for the wealthy. If you are financially educated, you can create and build your own wealth. Successful women don’t just work for money, they make money work for them so that they can reach financial freedom. Financial freedom is the ability to live life without feeling burdened by finances. Master the art and science behind investing and building your wealth.

“If you are financially educated, you can create and build your own wealth”

Conflict Resolution

Developing strong conflict resolution skills enables you to create an atmosphere of safety, openness and peace instead of stress, drama and frustration. You need to get good at resolving conflict when people don’t agree with you or those around you. Aim to have everyone get their needs met, and when this isn’t possible, allow them to save face and move on respectfully. 


Excessive stress can leave you with a host of physical, mental and emotional issues. You need to learn when to stop and rest, and when to go. Feel the stress in your body and learn to breathe and calm down. Tap into your inner guidance so you can meet life’s demands and be your best self.

Essential skills successful women should master

Effective Communication

There are two aspects to communicating well: 1) listening, and, 2) effectively conveying the message you intend to communicate. Many studies have found that women are wired to be effective communicators. They not only speak well but listen effectively and are able to read nonverbal cues. While men tend to look at the big picture, women tend to read between the lines. 

Emotional Intelligence

Women are often considered to be too emotional to make good leaders. In fact, women are often more emotionally intelligent than men, having the ability to understand and manage not only their own emotions but those of others around them. 

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Time Management

Successful women tend to be very efficient, prioritizing what’s most important and eliminating distractions. Knowing how to organize your work life while staying productive can help you achieve work-life balance. Research the Pomodoro technique.

Problem Solving

Solving problems involves asking the right questions, gathering and assessing all the relevant information and then coming to a conclusion. Successful women approach their problems in a pro-active open-minded fashion, thinking clearly about any assumptions and their possible consequences.

“Successful women approach their problems in a pro-active open-minded fashion, thinking clearly about any assumptions and their possible consequences.”

Getting Out Your Comfort Zone

Your success in life is directly proportional to the amount of risk you’re willing to take. When you’re stuck in your comfort zone growth can’t and won’t happen. Want to take that yoga class? Book it anyway. Don’t think you’re qualified for that job? Apply anyway. Afraid to email a potential mentor and ask for advice because they may not respond? Press send anyway. The only way to know for sure is to try. Life is too short to wonder ‘what if?” 

Saying NO

When we say no to something we don’t want, we are making space for the things we do want. Practice saying no the next time you feel pressured to commit to something that doesn’t align with your goals. There’s great power in being able to say no. Yes people may be disappointed but it teaches them to respect you and your boundaries. Besides, you’ll respect yourself more for honoring your well being. 

Asking For Help

This one in particular can be tough for many of us who are strong willed and independent. We feel like we can do it all on our own. It’s okay to ask for help when you need it. In fact, it’s imperative that you know when to ask for help and delegate so that you aren’t spreading yourself too thin. There’s not a successful person on Earth who got to where they are without help. 

When you have mastered these capabilities, own them. Be all that you are capable of being and be proud of the woman you’ve become. You’ll feel great about yourself and ultimately live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling and empowered life.

What are some essential skills that you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

Briea is a small girl from Chicago with big dreams. Born out of her passion for media and blogging, Girlmuch.com was launched in 2009.

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