We’ve […] seen it happen again and again. When a woman speaks in a professional setting, she walks a tightrope. Either she’s barely heard or she’s judged as too aggressive. When a man says virtually the same thing, heads nod in appreciation for his fine idea. As a result, women often decide that saying less is more. NYT: Speaking While Female, 01.11.2015
Disappointing that this is still true. I remember back in one of my first group projects in business school (in…errrr…1992), I was shocked when during a meeting a guy cut in, talked over me and repeated exactly the point I had made. And no one seemed to notice.
Women emerging leaders I work with often want to work on their presence and on reacting to and counteracting this behavior in their male colleagues. They also talk to me about how to appear and sound more powerful and how they need to ‘take up more room’ in group meetings. They read Amy Cuddy and view her TED talks.
I agree with Grant and Sandberg that we need more women leaders. We also need to constantly support and push our existing women leaders to stand up for themselves while also looking for more opportunities for them to shine.