Gender diversity remains a contentious topic in the modern workforce, especially in leadership roles. Although women have put in a lot of work to get to where they are, many still struggle to be recognized as the smart and equally capable leaders they are. “The gender pay gap, occupational segregation, unequal distribution of household labor and an increasingly apparent lack of political representation are all very real issues” said Katie Ann Rosen Kitchens, co-founder and editor-in-chief at FabFitFun.

Based on this, here are three steps that current and aspiring female leaders can take to blaze a trail for career success.

Acknowledge adversity

Overcoming a challenge is satisfying, undeniable proof that you can weather a storm. It is important to acknowledge that your career will not always be smooth sailing, said Frances Albán, CEO of Albán Communications.

Adversity really does make you stronger, it builds character and resilience. The key is to not let your ego interfere with your ability to stay afloat during hard times.

The challenges may come in many forms; you may have to take a client or project you feel you have outgrown, learn a new skill or ask someone above you for help. But stay humble and agile, and soon enough, you will rise above them.

Seek mentorship

It is never too late for women to seek mentorship to help boost their career as it helps retain the practical experience and wisdom gained from longer-term employees. Businesses also benefit from their employees’ professional development.

Mentorship is incredibly important, even if you do not have a formal mentor, just having coffee or lunches with people who inspire you can be incredibly helpful.

It is so amazing to be able to pick the brains of successful people in your field. Aligning yourself with people you respect will only help you in the long run.

Give it your all

Above all, working hard and recognizing your own talents will yield success.

“Building a successful career is like being an athlete,” Gourani said. Find your talent and see your own potential. Take yourself seriously. Make sure your job is at the right company, at the right level and path. Do not be afraid to stand out, be fearless and do not just lean forward, but plunge ahead,

There is a persistent stereotype about a woman’s role, and I think that plays into something as high level as the presidency all the way to any woman trying to reach her highest level of career.

It is important for women to recognize their leadership potential and embrace their unique perspectives and leadership styles.