Women have recently crossed an important threshold. According to a report released last month by American Psychologist, women in the U.S. today arefinally perceived by the general public to be just as smart and competent as men.

Although this is a long time coming — women are, of course, every bit as smart and competent as men, and have always been so — it’s nevertheless encouraging. It reflects how the world is changing for the better. …

For too long, women in the workplace have been stuck in secondary, often administrative roles, explicitly excluded from leadership positions. But now, for the first time ever, a meaningful percentage of us are being given the chance to reach the leadership positions we’ve long been qualified for.

One way we’ve made this happen as women is by lifting each other up — supporting each other in actualizing our potential and reaching success. Personally, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support andinspiration of other women — from those I’ve known personally, to those who’ve simply lent…

Working parents have it harder than just about anyone when it comes to work-life balance.

Although companies today are becoming more mindful of the stressors unique to working parents, it can still be difficult for mothers and fathers to find the kind of flexibility they need in their work environment. What are working parents to do, for example, when they need to leave work in the middle of the day to go pick up their sick kid from school? If they know they’ll be reprimanded by their employer, they’re left with only bad — and sometimes even no — options.

Whether you’re a company leader or an entry-level employee, navigating interpersonal conflict in the office is something we all have to do. Conflict happens. Disagreements fester, and grievances bloom. It’s inevitable, even in the most professional work environments.

Personally, I’ve experienced conflict at pretty much every stage of my career, including my present one. I serve as co-pastor alongside my husband at World Changers International, and we’ve seen that conflict is prone to arise solely out of our shared desire to lead our team. There are occasionally situations, for example, where I’ll say one thing to employees — jump starting…

Volunteering in your community is important for a variety of reasons — chief among them being the myriad ways it benefits the community you’re giving back to.

But engaging in your community can also benefit you as a volunteer, namely in the way of your own professional development.

I started partaking in community service back in my junior year of college, when I volunteered at a battered women’s shelter. I worked with patients, sat in on therapy sessions, and did caseload work. …

It’s common for women to look toward other successful women for inspiration and support in becoming their best selves.

But inspiring female leaders — whether they be mothers, CEOs, first ladies, politicians, writers, or activists — should serve as important sources of guidance, insight, and leadership for everyone, regardless of gender.

The reason is simple: women possess and more purposefully cultivate certain qualities that men tend not to. Women typically have different, more empathetic perspectives, for example.

But perhaps even more importantly, elevating and empowering more female leaders would benefit our world and our culture simply by way of increased…

We’ve all been there. After some amount of time at a new job, or in a new position — or after years in the same industry — the excitement we once harbored for our work wanes, and we start coasting or falling into what some call a “lull.”

There have been several times in my own career when I’ve felt myself hit a lull. Sometimes it’s been a result of disaffection with the work — the sense that the company I worked for wasn’t fully utilizing my skills — and sometimes it’s followed a period of personal frustration with my…

Whether you’re 25 or 55, switching career paths can be daunting — especially if you’re already safely ingrained in one particular profession.

Yet, when you want something more from your work, or when you feel compelled to a different calling, it benefits you to at least think seriously about making the switch. Scary though it may be, if you can do it the right way, a new career path can change your life for the better.

This is something I know from experience. I spent the first half of my career in a traditional support role in a faith-based organization…

Every year, millions of parents who’ve stayed home with their kids for several years make the decision to re-enter the workforce.

It’s an exciting decision, and one that often leads to pleasant surprises. I know when I went back to work — around the time when my children were entering school — I found I had more wisdom than I had at the beginning of my career, and that my life experiences had made me a better employee. Specifically, I found I was a better listener and that I was more understanding. …

We hear all the time about the importance of empowering female leaders within organizations.

And it is important, of course; we know that organizations benefit from increased diversity. One reason is because female leaders bring a different perspective garnered from unique experience. At my church, for example, I’ve seen that women relate to me as a female pastor in a different way than men do — just as men connect on a different level with male pastors. This diversity of perspectives, employed to better represent everyone, ultimately strengthens the community as a whole.

But how, exactly, can companies and teams…

Taffi Dollar

Gender strategist, pastor at World Changers Church International, CEO of Arrow Global Entertainment, author, and motivational speaker.

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