To while it is true that the country has come a long way in allowing women’s participation in business and especially business leadership, there is still a lot that has to be achieved. For instance, the society still views the presence of female in top leadership positions as something extraordinary as opposed to it being normal practice. In addition to that, women have a harder time proving that they qualify for leadership positions as compared to men.
Take the example of the Obama versus Clinton Democrat race for the presidency eight years ago. Many people automatically labeled Hillary as a project to get Bill back into office, simply because they didn’t see a woman leading the nation. Occurrences like these are the reason why the few women who have made it to positions of power should be cherished and emulated. One of these exemplary female business leaders in the country is Susan McGalla. She is best known for her position as president of the American Eagles Outfitters.
Lessons that can be learned from Susan
There are many lessons that can be picked from Susan McGalla. To start with, if you are a woman, and you want to be a leader in business, you have to think about getting the right education. This means that you have to at least try and do well in your studies. Susan’s alma mater is the Mount Union College where she studied Business and Marketing.
Another important lesson that can be learned from the career development that McGalla has achieved is the importance of hard work. There are people who say that as a woman, you may have to work twice as hard as the other sex to achieve half as much as they will. This simply means that the society will take time to look into and believe in your leadership capability. Most of the times, they want to look into distractions such as the looks and other irrelevant things. As a woman, you need to show them you are made up of more than this by asserting yourself and refusing to bow to the conventions.
Next lesson learned from Susan is resilience. She obviously didn’t start at the top, and she did not have the guiding hand of some God Father. As a matter of fact, her Dad was a football coach in Ohio. Despite this fact, she moved out to New York, joined the team at American Eagles as a Marketing executive and ended up presiding over the entire company.
Women also need to understand that it is possible to hold more than one business leadership position. For instance, Susan also happens to be a Trustee at the University of Pittsburg and owns and runs her own business consultancy firm. She is also a member of the board at the Magee-Women’s hospital research institute foundation. Susan Mcgalla is a shining example for all ladies that would like to venture into business leadership but are shy.