Word from the C-suite: Women in the workforce should 'strive to be their authentic selves'

Female employees will be much more likely to thrive in workplaces that actively value diversity and encourages employees to be their authentic selves.

In an op-ed for Forbes, Leyla Seka, executive vice president of Salesforce's business apps marketplace AppExchange, discussed the importance of creating a work environment that specifically encourages female employees to stand up for themselves and what they believe in.

"Early on in my career, managers kept telling me to be 'less-Leyla' — meaning they wanted me to be a quieter, more docile version of myself. I refused. I truly believe the only way to tap into your full power and potential as a leader is to be your authentic self. This is what will distinguish you from the rest. When you are comfortable being your authentic self, you lead by example and encourage others to do the same. There is strength in that. You will watch your workplace become somewhere people want to be, a platform where everyone can be heard, an environment where anyone can perform the best work of their careers — without barriers or self doubt."

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