At work, women's (perceived?) crisis of confidence

Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:22 AM ET

We all know the deal: Women now make up a significant chunk of the overall workforce, but they are still much less likely to be found at the highest echelons of corporate life.

In a recent post on Harvard Business Review’s blog, authors Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath and Mary Davis Holt argue that one reason women might not be making it to the corner office as often as men do is because women don't toot their own horns.

Women, the authors write, either really aren’t as confident as men when it comes to work, or they are perceived by their male peers as being less confident.

The authors mention a survey from the Institute for Leadership and Management that found men were more likely to be confident. But they also noted men may perceive things that women do as a lack of confidence.

They list four “low-confidence behaviors” that male and female managers have cited. These include being less likely to take public credit for their accomplishments, not asking for promotions, avoiding being in the spotlight and failing to speak up when you have an opinion.

Readers, do you think some women aren’t getting ahead because they aren’t seen as being as confident as men?


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