Essence.com has a great article entitled “Unwritten Rules for Women in the Workplace” written by Yolanda Sangweni. In the article, Dr. Ann Dayl, PhD, executive coach and author, discusses the main rules women need to be aware of in order to succeed in the work place. I’ve listed the main topics below. For the entire article, please click here.
- Men get the benefit of the doubt.
- As a woman, you won’t get sufficient feedback.
- A working mother’s commitment is assumed to be ambivalent.
- Actually, it is personal.
- Men are bred for self-confidence.
- Women are rendered invisible until they demonstrate otherwise.
- Women don’t take charge, they take care.
- Women are different.
- Women make great worker-bees, but visionary leaders–not so much.
Most of these statements I agree with but the last one makes me a little mad. Women have been visionary leaders since the beginning of time. It is our special set of innate skills that makes us wholeheartedly capable of leading. Have we forgotten that? Maybe. Can we get it back? YES! Our ability to be “worker-bees” gives us the uncanny ability to relate to people on a level that has been missing. Corporate America is resetting itself at this very moment because some very important things have been missing.
What do you think? Do you agree with the rules listed above? Does any particular rule jump out at you?