"Why aren't there more women in the upper ranks of the corporate world?"
I was having coffee when this thought came knocking...
Many think the reason we have fewer women in top positions is due to women abandoning their career plans to spend more time caring for their families.
Another common belief is that women are inherently less ambitious and lacking in the confidence that commands respect.
Well, I want to debunk these banal beliefs here and now.
Women aren't abandoning their careers. And women, in general, do not lack either the ambition or the confidence needed to take on big jobs.
That said, there is no doubt in my mind that women face a steeper path to the top than men do.
To make it to the top, it's hard to know whether you're supposed to lean back, speak up or sit out…
Women who do make it to the top are faced with bias when it comes to things like perception.
Studies have found that while men in leadership positions are often viewed as "assertive", women with similar traits are considered "shrill" and "unlikable" and even “aggressive” (read overly).
Stand your ground and show your strength by looking your fears in the eye and conquering them.
William Holt is the go-to coach and trainer for executive women wanting to transition to coaching as a way of sharing their professional expertise with the world. He is also the creator of the Holt Coaching Method as well as the founder and leader of the LinkedIn Group - Executive Women´s Growth Forum.
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