Over the years, Web Watch has worked for both male and female bosses. And we would be the first to tell you that there are distinct differences between the managerial styles of both.
Some of them were very good at what they did; others, not quite so much. And some of that we definitely can chalk up to the individual’s personalities.
But not always.
Sometimes, the individual was more of the “in it to win it” style of management. Take no prisoners, rule with a firm, but iron-clad fist. And that was okay too.
And we’ve seen both men and women be taken down by their leadership skills (or lack thereof – again, depending on the person).
But it was the women who could be seen as having to present themselves in a different manner than their male counterparts.
Call it stereotyping, call it a sign that the glass ceiling is still present in some organization… but strong, powerful women tend to move upwards moreso than women who are equally skilled, but lack the confidence to express themselves.
According to a report in the HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW, 70% of men had very high confidence levels, vs just 50% of women.
Confidence, they say, will get you everywhere. Which is why the same report concluded that there were 4 THINGS WOMEN SHOULD NOT DO AT WORK, as these may contribute to holding them back on their career path:
- Being overly modest, and not taking credit when credit is due
- Not asking. Momma always told us that we don’t get if we don’t ask
- Blending in too much. Want to be noticed? Stand out
- Remaining silent. Express yourself. Speak up.
Web Watch will admit that men who lack self-confidence can also suffer from these four items, so it’s not necessarily a women-only suggestion.
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