Personal Limitations

Personal Limitations

Personal limitations

High on the list of obstacles for an astonishing number of working women comes an absence of self-confidence and a lack of belief in their own abilities. Many women never push themselves forward - often because they've been brought up to believe that this is not acceptable feminine' behaviour, and because they don't appreciate that playing to their strengths and abilities in an assertive rather than aggressive way will invariably command respect and inspire confidence in both men and women alike. They don't recognize the need to understand internal company politics and often express disapproval at the 'macho' way in which business is conducted and refuse to participate. Sometimes they find themselves in a situation where, even if they don't appreciate their own talents, less qualified or experienced male colleagues find them threatening. This often occurs when they are seen to be challenging the status quo, having identified that the 'accepted way of doing things', i.e. the culture of an organization, is not always the most comfortable within which to work. This position naturally leads to a complete breakdown in communication and an inability to work together effectively. Women who lack belief in their own capabilities also give examples of being interrupted and talked over even when they've been asked to give an opinion based on their expertise - and letting it happen.

The tendency of some women to underestimate their skills, not to reach their full potential, and the failure to grasp opportunities has been acknowledged as a characteristic which correlates directly to a lack of fulfilment and a realization that women managers are not always being true to themselves. It is common to hear women managers saying, 'No one was more surprised than I was when I got the job', or 'My c.v. looked so good I could hardly believe it was mine', or 'I seem to be coping all right - I only hope it lasts'. The good news is that women are finally beginning to learn from all their experiences.


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