Burning Question: Do Women Have to Become Men to Get Ahead?

Very often in trainings and coaching, both women and men will follow their understanding of biochemical and other brain differences with a burning question: “Because corporations are inherently such competitive environments, don’t women have to become men to get ahead?” One female leader in an executive team workshop put it this way: “It seems like guys are set up from genetics and from boyhood to do impulsive things, maybe fail in the short term, but in the long term to climb to the top of aggressive corporations, while we women are still in the position of deferring too much to others, taking too few risks, and getting left behind in the long term—unless we become men!
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