Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath, and Mary Davis Holt in the Harvard Business Review have suggested that women often compromise their own success in the business world in one or more of the following four ways:
1. Being overly modest. We see that men are more willing to take public credit for their successes. Women believe their accomplishments should speak for themselves, and they spend less effort ensuring they get the gold star next to their name.
2. Not asking. We’ve seen it over and over again: women fail to get promoted because they fail to step up and apply. Not asking means you’ve lost the chance to influence the outcome.
3. Blending in. Some women go to great lengths to avoid attention. They don’t want to stand out — in meetings, in the boardroom or even in the elevator.
4. Remaining silent. It’s not easy to get a word in during meetings, especially when six other colleagues are all fighting for the floor. But failing to speak up and express yourself when you have something relevant to add is a missed chance to get in the game.