Watch this great TED talk by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO (/rock star) on why we have too few women leaders.
Please repost and share with the ladies in your life.
I remember reading an article about her in a past issue of Vogue and being totally inspired – hence the “/rockstar” above. The link is HERE if you’re interested.
From the TED Talk:
women systematically underestimate their own abilities. If you test men and women, and you ask them questions on totally objective criteria like GPAs, men get it wrong slightly high, and women get it wrong slightly low. Women do not negotiate for themselves in the workforce. A study in the last two years of people entering the workforce out of college showed that 57 percent of boys entering, or men, I guess, are negotiating their first salary, and only seven percent of women. And most importantly, men attribute their success to themselves, and women attribute it to other external factors. If you ask men why they did a good job, they’ll say, “I’m awesome.” Obviously. “Why are you even asking?” If you ask women why they did a good job, what they’ll say is someone helped them, they got lucky, they worked really hard.
Certainly some reframing that needs to happen. But don’t let us ruin this talk for you. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think! Maybe you’d like to detail your thoughts while blogging with us at MBAchic!