From the day you wake up, your first instinct is to find out what kind of life you want.

But when you’ve got to make a decision to be the next CEO of your company, you’re really trying to decide whether you want to live life as a woman or a man.

Here’s what it takes to be successful as a female CEO.

1.

Be a person.

As CEO, you’ll be working with a diverse team.

The CEO of a women-owned business may not be the CEO of an oil company, but they have the same goals: to create value for our shareholders, increase employee engagement, and create a culture of equality.

Women have a long history of being valued for their contributions to our society.

We’re expected to be leaders in our fields.

We’ve all seen the impact our businesses have had on people’s lives.

Women, too, are expected to take leadership roles in our communities, and have a role in shaping policies.

As a result, we’re seen as leaders.

2.

Be humble.

If you’re going to be an important part of the company, it will be through your hard work and commitment to your company.

You’re going have to be humble, which means being yourself.

If the CEO wants you to be more outgoing and outspoken, they can ask you questions and you’ll have to respond in a professional manner.

This means giving them the benefit of the doubt, which is what being a CEO does best.

You’ll have a hard time convincing the CEO that you’re just another cog in the machine.

3.

Be loyal.

It’s important to remember that as a CEO, your career is not over until you leave your job.

If your boss is going to ask you to step down from the board of directors, you need to give them the opportunity to do so.

If they don’t want to do it, you can say that you don’t care.

If that doesn’t work, you may have to explain why.

If it does, the CEO may be open to it. 4.

Learn from your mistakes.

You may be surprised at how quickly you can learn from your own mistakes.

If an executive is having trouble implementing a new policy, ask them if they could discuss the details with you.

It’ll make it easier for you to decide on the best course of action.

5.

Be respectful.

Being a woman in the workplace has its challenges, but there’s no reason why it can’t be a great place to grow as a leader.

Don’t ever try to dominate, intimidate, or demean a woman.

Be nice, respectful, and listen.

6.

Take care of yourself.

You can’t always protect yourself from a toxic workplace environment, but you can always take steps to reduce your risk.

Get help if you need it.

The key is to keep working and to be present.

As the CEO, make sure your company is safe and has a good culture of inclusion.

7.

Be aware of the other women in your office.

As an executive, you know that you have the power to change the culture.

It takes a lot of hard work, but it’s possible.

So if you’re ever feeling down, take some time to reflect on the work you’re doing, and remember to embrace the challenges that come with it. 8.

Work for yourself, not the boss.

If women are the only people in your workplace, they’ll be expected to act as if they’re in charge.

The more powerful you are in your position, the more likely you’ll think of yourself as a manager and the more successful you’ll get.

Asking yourself, “Am I going to do this because I want to or am I going because I need to?” isn’t something you should ask.

Instead, think about your goals and how you’ll achieve them.

You need to choose what you’re passionate about and what makes you feel at home in your job, whether it’s your family, your community, or your team.

9.

Recognize the importance of your personal appearance.

As women, it’s important that you understand that your appearance is important, too.

As you get older, your body becomes more muscular, and you may feel more comfortable in your own skin.

It might be hard to notice this change, but as a young woman, it made me feel like I had more to give to my team.

As female leaders, it’ll be much easier to build a company that feels like a home for all of us. 10.

Be proud of your accomplishments.

When you’re in a leadership role, you have to look back at your achievements and recognize that you were the first female in history to lead a Fortune 500 company.

In many ways, you are the first woman to lead an entire company.

But there are many things you can do to celebrate your accomplishments, especially if you were fortunate enough to be born a woman before the Civil War.

Take a day at the office or go to a sporting event