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Thriving with ADHD: Career Coaching for Black Women Leaders

July 1, 2024

Career Guidance

Conquering the Workplace with ADHD: Strategies for Black Women in Mid-to-Senior Careers

Imagine being a highly accomplished Black woman leader, yet facing constant feedback about focus, attention to detail, or timeliness. These could be signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But for Black women in mid-to-senior level careers, these challenges can often be misinterpreted as unprofessionalism.

ADHD and Black Women: Unique Challenges and Unparalleled Strengths

Here’s the truth: Adult ADHD in Black women is frequently under diagnosed. This leaves brilliant minds feeling frustrated, misunderstood, and questioning their capabilities. According to the Journal of Attention Disorder Black adults are 77% less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD as compared to white adults.

The good news? With the right strategies and support, ADHD can become your superpower, not a hurdle. This article explores practical tips and resources specifically designed to empower Black women leaders with ADHD to thrive in the workplace.

Harness Your Brilliance: Strategies for Managing ADHD

  • Tame the Executive Function Frustration: Many core symptoms of ADHD fall under the umbrella of executive function challenges. Difficulty planning, prioritizing, and managing time can be particularly disruptive in leadership roles. Utilize apps, planners, or to-do lists specifically designed for visual learners or those with ADHD. Break down large projects into smaller, more manageable tasks.
  • Conquer Time Management: ADHD and time management can be a tricky dance. But remember, Black women already excel at juggling multiple responsibilities! Leverage your existing strengths in resourcefulness and time management. Explore time management techniques like the Pomodoro Technique, which involves focused work intervals with short breaks.
  • Move Your Body: Fidgeting and restlessness are common with ADHD. Take short “power breaks” throughout the day for walks or stretches. Consider a standing desk or a fitness ball chair to keep your body engaged while you work.
  • Embrace Your Strengths: ADHD often brings a powerhouse of creativity, problem-solving skills, and boundless energy. Consider career paths that leverage these strengths, such as project management, entrepreneurship, or fast-paced environments.

Building Your Support System: Resources for Black Women with ADHD

  • Advocate for Yourself: ADHD is a recognized disability under the ADA. Discuss reasonable accommodations with your employer, such as flexible deadlines, a quiet workspace, or the ability to record meetings for later reference.
  • Seek Professional Help: A diagnosis from your doctor unlocks treatment options like therapy, medication, ADHD coaching, and lifestyle changes. Explore alternatives if stimulants aren’t suitable for you.
  • Find Your Tribe: Connect with support groups like CHADD or online communities specifically for Black women with attention deficit hyperactive disorder. You’ll find valuable resources and a community that understands your struggles.
  • Empowerment Through Coaching: Consider working with an ADHD coach specializing in the unique needs of Black women. They’ll help you implement strategies, master new skills, and navigate the specific challenges Black women face in the workplace.

Leading with Brilliance: Inspiration and Success

Black women like Simone Biles, Solange Knowles, and the Science Maven, Dr. Raven Baxter have showcased how to leverage ADHD for incredible success. Studies have shown that it can present with unique strengths in creativity, resilience, and out-of-the-box thinking. You just have to know how embrace it.

You’re a force to be reckoned with, but ADHD might be holding you back. Unlock your full potential and lead with confidence. Invest in a coach who understands.

Ready to take charge of your ADHD and unlock your full potential? Schedule a complimentary 30-Minute Career Solution Consultation today! We’ll discuss your unique challenges as a Black woman leader with ADHD and develop a personalized plan to help you thrive in the workplace. Click to book your 30-Minute Career Solution Consultation!

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I’m an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and career coach for Twanna Carter Professional & Personal Coaching, LLC. I failed my first career transition from the military so badly, it took me the next 10+ years to build my confidence and recover. I know what it feels like to struggle with imposter syndrome and uncertainty about my worth in the workplace. It’s why I am dedicated to empowering Black women. Helping them navigate change and uncertainty by providing them with the tools and strategies they need to be successful. Schedule a free 30-Minute Career Solution Call today.

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