That’s not new news. There are plenty of statistics to support that. In fact, there’s also plenty of research showing why women would actually be better choices for leadership positions.
So the question is: why aren’t more women getting appointed to those higher-up positions?
For one, although our world and culture are ever evolving, there are people living in a 1950s mindset who will exercise discrimination and be a lifetime member of the “Good Ol’ Boy” club.
Thanks to that way of thinking, there’s a lingering stigma placed on women bosses. If they’re nice, they’re pushovers; and if they’re stern, they’re called hormonal and a few choice words that I can’t repeat.
Despite discrimination, there’s still a lack of knowledge on how women can successfully earn genuine respect in the workplace, which will ultimately position them to be placed into roles of leadership.
- Have a voice and use it wisely.
You have an opinion, so say it when you need to. Idly sitting through every meeting is the last thing that will get you noticed.
- Be confident.
Even though a woman might not be confident in her physical appearance, she must be confident about your skills. Realize that you can do the job just as well as anyone else, and don’t start second-guessing that when the pressure is on. Never be afraid to take on the hard tasks.
- Know the difference between passionate and emotional.
It’s okay to be passionate about an issue—that’s what drives you to do your best. But being emotional is when you take those issues a bit too personally and start making decisions based on how you feel rather than what you know. Women are already perceived as being too emotional. Don’t feed into the stereotype.
- Be vocal about your career plans.
Make your goals clear. You don’t want to get overlooked for a promotion simply because no one knew you wanted it.
Women are different than men, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Use those differing traits to your advantage, and you’ll be one step closer to breaking the glass ceiling.