AI is here and it’s sweeping the world. I’ve been exploring with AI in my personal life, using to help me plan out a volleyball practice when I was asked to step in to help my daughter’s team. I also use it regularly in my work. 

I’m not the only one. Companies across industries are actively looking for ways to leverage AI - and this is true across functions and departments. With such far-reaching impact, it’s becoming increasingly crucial to learn how to incorporate AI into our professional lives effectively. 

However, it seems fewer women are testing out AI than men. The reluctance comes from a lack of trust of AI whereas others say they want to retain personality in their writing. However, the problems reflect a deeper, more systemic issue: fear. 

Women represent a small minority in STEM fields, and as they are less familiar with more advanced technologies, tend to shy away from it. 

This is cheating women out of the efficiencies AI can bring to their overloaded workloads - both professionally as well as personally. Longer-term, it could have them lose out on future leadership roles. 

AI tools like ChatGPT and others don’t only have to be used to write for us. That’s only the beginning. Consider AI as your personal assistant. For example, if a task requires research into an unfamiliar topic, using chatGPT to get a rough understanding of what’s involved can save a lot of time and further your knowledge quickly. 

It can also be used as a tool for ideas. You can use AI to come up with recipe ideas and weekly menus. It can help you map out a step-by-step plan to help your team adopt a new strategy. It can do plenty more, too. The limits - at this point - is your imagination. 

With the help of AI, we can maximize our time and become more efficient as leaders, parents or whatever other roles we play in life. 

Experimenting with AI - even to get help with personal tasks - can offer professional development opportunities. AI requires a new way of thinking and the more we test and play, the more we can build the very skills that’ll give us the competitive edge we’ll need when AI comes into our industries, companies and even our jobs. 

Men are well on their way to familiarize themselves with AI and other advanced technologies. AI is showing no signs of slowing down, and embracing it now can help women catch up.It can also help us become even more effective.

That can be tough to do if you’re feeling intimidated by technology. As an executive coach, I can help you build the confidence you need, not only to use AI as a complement to your life, but as part of a greater goal to help you lead effectively, without compromising your identity and authenticity. Book a call to learn more.