One way for women to combat the stereotype that they are less fit as leaders than men is to be less cheerful and show more pride, a new study suggests.
☼ HIGHLIGHTS:A new study shows that for both men and women, expressing pride gives the impression that one is willing to leadBut women were seen as significantly less willing to lead than men, when they displayed happinessExpressing pride is a way to close the gender divide of how executives are perceived
After all, if you can’t vote for your own ideas, then how could anyone else?
Women have to always worry about tone, demeanor and body language to make sure the idea is packaged just so…
As a high-level executive, Merchant says she has also experienced the perils of being a leader who expresses cheerfulness.
Not only are friendliness and competence often seen as contradictory, she says, but women are also expected to be nice, which puts them in a Catch-22 situation.
“We are judged as people one doesn’t want to work with if we are competent and not also nice. It means women have to always worry about tone, demeanor and body language to make sure the idea is packaged just so,” she said.
“Some days I manage this. Others, not so much. And frankly, I wish for a day when no woman has to do the double duty of both coming up with a brilliant idea to save a company or industry, and also win the prize for cheerfulness. There’s only so much energy any of us have.”
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