The truth is, men are more logical and fact based, while women are far more intuitive and likely to have more emotional intelligence. It’s wired into our biology. What this means is that women and men have different decision-making processes and while our differences manifest in many ways here are three examples that, when analysed, may help you become more successful in your career as a woman in business:
1. Women like to talk:
Those ad lib catch-ups over your coffee break actually help you to deal with stress. Having conversations with your colleagues or loved ones after a stressful or busy day or event releases oxytocin, the hormone responsible for the feeling of social attachment, and without it, women would be left feeling ignored or abandoned. To help you handle your work-life balance and stress management, it’s important for you to understand that taking the time to chat about things isn’t just “workplace gossiping”, but is actually a productive function of work (in moderation of course).
2. Women get the bigger picture:
Women think laterally and have 25% more of the connecting nerve between their left and right brains, which means you can bounce back and forth between feelings and facts very easily. Women tend to be more detail oriented and are better at thinking holistically to a problem so their insights are critical in any high-level planning.
3. Women are competing in an unfair landscape:
Let’s address the elephant in the room… There is a gender bias in the workplace. The quicker you can address and accept it, the quicker you can make everyone else aware of it and spark a change in your workplace. In Berkeley’s Preparedness Study, seven in 10 respondents say men are better suited to success in business, with even 63% of women agreeing… Apparently the perception that men are better suited to success has to do with the key traits that are more present in men than women; leadership and entrpreneurial spirit. What do you think about this statistic?