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Women at Work: A Guide for Men

This article is a must read for any men who are leading women (or for that matter woman who have men in their team).  It is full of excellent advice, directed primarily towards men, regarding how they should lead and manage women.  Joanne Lipman wrote the article, published in the Wall Street Journal, and it has eight excellent points to consider. 

  1. She’s not “sorry,” she’s not “lucky”—and she’s not asking you a question.  Researchers say that this pattern of female speech often baffles men. Women are also more likely to add qualifiers (“I’m not sure, but…”) and apologise (“I’m sorry to interrupt, but…”). 
  2. She’s ready for a promotion—she just doesn’t know it yet.
  3. She’s pretty sure that you don’t respect her.  For most men in a room, respect is a given. But women in the corporate world will tell you they often feel the opposite: that they are treated as if they don’t know what they are talking about until they prove otherwise.
  4. She deserves a raise. But she won’t ask for it
  5. That’s actually not a compliment.  Recently I spoke with a finance executive who was praising the women at his firm—except that he referred to them consistently as “girls.” As in, “I’ve got a girl in operations who….”
  6. Don’t be afraid of tears.
  7. Children grow up.  Women with young children may intentionally step back from their careers—and then want to step up again years later, when their children are in school or out of the house. But too often, they have been sidelined by then.
  8. She’s your boss, not your mother.  Georgetown’s Prof. Tannen has found that men consider strong leaders to be those who hire good people and get out of the way. Female leaders are more likely to try for collaboration, treating others as equals and checking in frequently.

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers

Posted On : 20-05-16

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