(Comments on a post from HBR Blog Network)
Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath and Mary
Davis Holt start their HBR Blog post like this:
"Having combed through more
than a thousand 360-degree performance assessments conducted in recent years,
we've found, by a wide margin that the primary criticism men have about
their female colleagues is that the women they work with seem to exhibit low
(The emphasis is mine.)
They are principals of Flynn Heath Holt Leadership,
a consultancy that has worked with Deloitte, National Geographic, Avery Denison
and other companies.
They go on to say it could be a
perception issue (women nicely share credit with others and men may perceive
that as a lack of self confidence), but they cite a study that
was released earlier this year by Europe's Institute of Leadership and
Management. It exposed that women actually report having lower
confidence when it comes to their careers.
The HBR Blog sites the following
from the study:
I see these statistics in action in
many law firms today - surprising that in Q4 2011, many professional women
- accomplished partners - are somehow still feeling
"less-than." And I've certainly seen this with senior women
marketing and business development professionals, as well (at various times of
my career, me included).
Flynn, Davis and Holt discuss four
ways women stunt their careers:
They conclude by suggesting that
most professional women don't need to overhaul their personalities, but
rather take small steps forward to ensure that they aren't unconsciously
undermining their careers.
Flynn, Heath and Holt have written a
book that is loaded with good advice: Break Your Own
Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking that Block Women's Paths to
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