“…survey of 7,280 leaders… confirms some seemingly eternal truths about men and women leaders in the workplace but also holds some surprises.
“…the women’s advantages were not at all confined to traditionally women’s strengths. In fact at every level, more women were rated by their peers, their bosses, their direct reports, and their other associates as better overall leaders than their male counterparts — and the higher the level, the wider that gap grows…”
“…When we shared our findings with a group of women outside this particular survey and asked them to suggest why they thought their colleagues had been rated so highly…
“We need to work harder than men to prove ourselves.”
“We feel the constant pressure to never make a mistake, and to continually prove our value to the organization.”
“That is, anecdotally, at least, the women we queried don’t feel their appointments are safe. They’re afraid to rest on their laurels. Feeling the need (often keenly) to take initiative, they are more highly motivated to take feedback to heart.”
“The irony is that these are fundamental behaviors that drive the success of every leader, whether woman or man.”