Smita Shah, CEO of SPAAN Tech Inc, is a successful businesswoman who is often invited as a keynote speaker and interviewed in local, national and international media outlets. She was given the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is a congressionally recognized medal that was also given to the likes of Ronald Reagan and Rosa Parks.
Shah started her tech and engineering company, SPAAN Tech Inc, in 1998. Notably, SPAAN has worked to upgrade the electrical systems in the Chicago Public Schools and designed traffic signals for the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.
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SPAAN has plans to help upgrade the electrical designs at O’Hare International Airport. “She can come across as a very tough negotiator. She doesn’t put up with mediocrity,” said Allen Pomerance, Director of Aviation Projects at A. Epstein & Sons International. A. Epstein & Sons are partnering with SPAAN Tech Inc on the O’Hare project.
Ms. Shah gives 10 unique traits successful businesswomen must exhibit.
- Respect Yourself
Shah believes that having a well-rounded self-image is key for a successful businesswoman. Good ideas and innovation command respect, and she believes successful women are not afraid to give themselves the same applause they give their employees.
- Engage in Self-Talk Regularly
Women should connect with their inner voice to help assess their abilities and experience. They shouldn’t downplay their experience and worth.
- Dress For Success
Ms. Shah says making a good first impression is one of the most important things anyone does. She emphasizes dressing in professional clothing that commands respect.
- Claim What You Do
Shah encourages all successful businesswomen not to shy away from opportunities to tell people about their accomplishments.
- Stay In the Moment
Don’t allow the mistakes of the past to dictate the future. Every minute spent worrying about past mistakes takes away the energy necessary to succeed.
- Special Treatment Is Bad For Your Career
Ms. Shah discourages women from accepting special treatment because people will treat them with the same female stereotypes that hold them back.
- Grow Outside Your Comfort-Zone
Women have to work harder for the same success, and she encourages women to work outside their comfort zone.
- Demand Respect For Your Position
Smita Shah demands respect for her leadership position by expecting to be called ‘Ms.Shah.’ She encourages other women in business to expect respect in the workplace.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Delegate
Women should leave their work at work, and feel free to ask others to carry some of the workloads.
- Take Time Off
Proper time management is essential for success. Taking time off to relax will help women come back to work with more energy and prevent them from experiencing burn-out.