Men are promoted based on potential. Women are promoted based on past accomplishments.
Those were two of the findings from a 2011 McKinsey report.
Are you shocked?
I really wasn’t. I’ve seen it happen more times than I can count–a man being promoted into a position that is way out of his league while a deserving woman sits in the stands unnoticed because her resume isn’t built to the point where the man’s may or may not be after 5 years in the job he had just been promoted to.
Results like the ones above show how women hold themselves back due to barriers both internal and external.
Whether male or female, what are some things that you can do to “prove” yourself and take your game to the next level?
- Use simple language when speaking the truth
- How can I do better?
- What am I doing that I don’t know?
- What am I not doing that I don’t see?
According to Sheryl Sandberg, asking these and other questions allows you to share emotions and build deeper relationships. She goes on to say “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts.”
Break down gender barriers and be the true leader that you are!