Women entrepreneurs face a unique set of challenges. They have to be – and do – everything, not just competently, but heroically. Leadership coach Debra Woog works with women entrepreneurs to free them from the trap of “hyper-competence,” as she describes it.
According to Debra: “We leaders, especially modern women professionals, need a new way to be in the world. Many of us are overdoing, beyond what’s healthy for us. We are too good, for our own good, at getting things done. We are hyper-competent. We are hyper-productive. We are hyper-accountable. We try to do it all, everything we expect of ourselves and most of what we imagine others expect from us. We go over, beyond, and above. Our lives exhaust us. We try to escape the overload by numbing out — with food, alcohol, pills, media, etc. But, as my friend Geoff Laughton says, “People’s control strategies aren’t working anymore.“ In other words, we are still in pain. The stakes of hyper-responsibility and over-empowerment are dangerously high.
Debra sat down with AE host Margy Rydzynski to discuss this tendency. It strongly resonated with her and, if you’re a woman entrepreneur, with you as well. Don’t miss this interesting, critical interview.