10 Ways To Be A #GirlBoss That Beyoncé Would Be Proud Of

by Jasmine Cohen

Like always, Beyoncé said it best.

Who run the world? Girls.

That’s right.

More and more of us strong women are leading, innovating and redefining success each year.

Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Alba, Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer are just a few inspirational household names.

They’ve paved the way for businesswomen everywhere, motivating us not only to shoot for the moon, but to also plant our flags on it.

So, what do all these women have in common?

What makes them so successful?

I was determined to find out.

I asked my friend and real-life Girl Boss, Sara Muchnick, to help me brainstorm.

Sara is all about girl power.

In fact, she started working for a startup that helps people manage Airbnb rentals because she was excited about the fact it gave anyone with a swanky apartment the opportunity to become a Girl Boss.

So, here’s a list of the top characteristics every Girl Boss boasts. How many do you have?

1. Grit

Girl Bosses have grit. There’s a fire inside that lights up everything around them.

They can command a room with their presence.

They’ve got strength of character that can be seen from miles away.

A Girl Boss is courageous, tenacious, assertive and spunky.

She knows what she wants, and she uses this drive to her advantage.

2. Forward-Thinking

Girl Bosses are innovative. They’re always looking toward the future and planning for improvements.

They know to leave the past in the past, and they know not to let previous mistakes affect future success.

They’re inspired to leap over obstacles and innovate their own rules to overcome them.

Girl Bosses are constantly thinking about how they can be better versions of themselves.

3. Passionate

What motivates Girl Bosses? Passion.

It can be passion for money, success, influence or charity, but whatever it is, Girl Bosses put their entire hearts into their projects.

It’s what drives them forward.

It’s because they feel so strongly in their hearts that they’re able to accomplish their goals against all odds.

4. Fearless

Girl Bosses don’t let anything stand in their way, especially not the fear of failure.

They act with conviction, and they are unphased by petty consequences.

They’ve realized that fear is a weakness that propels self-doubt.

No one has time for that.

5. Risk-Taking

Girl Bosses are risk takers.

They know when to push a project forward and take a leap of faith.

Instead of waiting for something to happen, Girl Bosses take it upon themselves to get things done.

They dive in headfirst, confident that the risks they take will pay off in the end.

6. Collaborative

Girl Bosses know how to work well with people from various backgrounds and with different personalities.

Not only do they work well with others, but they also bring these different people together and have them work well with each other.

A Girl Boss knows how to get the best work possible out of a team.

She knows how to play to each team member's strengths, and she uses these strengths to create harmony.

She’s both a mediator and a manager.

7. Intuitive

They don’t say “women’s intuition” for nothing.

In fact, a recent study claims women’s intuition is not just a myth.

It is actually rooted in psychology.

A woman’s intuition is her guiding light, her inner voice and her power within.

Girl Bosses have learned to harness their intuition to make difficult decisions, read a room and carry out goals.

8. Confident

Girl Bosses believe in themselves. They know they’re the best women for the job.

They are confident in what they have to offer the world.

You can see it in the way they walk, talk and run their businesses.

A Girl Boss's confidence comes from within and radiates out.

It’s from knowing she’s beautiful, powerful and can do anything she sets her mind to do.

9. Curious

Girl Bosses are inquisitive.

They are constantly asking questions and absorbing new information.

Their eagerness to learn and discover new things is what motivates them to innovate.

It’s what gets their brains thinking and juices flowing.

Never tell a woman she asks too many questions.

10. Human

At the end of the day, Girl Bosses are simply human.

However, they’re willing to accept their flaws and turn them into strengths.

They embrace their mistakes because they are determined to learn from them and move on.

After all, even Wonder Woman has her off days.

What do you think of the list? How many traits do you have, and what do you need to do to get them?

(Hint: Watch Beyoncé for some inspiration).

Leave your comments below and let me know how you scored, or tell me if I left out any important characteristics.