Boardroom Confidence: Nature, Nurture, or Does it Matter?
"When investigating what deters professional advancement for women, the journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman found that a shortage of competence is less likely to be an obstacle than a shortage of confidence. When i t comes to work-related confidence, they found men are far ahead. 'Underqualified and underprepared men don’t think twice about leaning in,' they wrote. 'Overqualified and overprepared, too many women still hold back. Women feel confident only when they are perfect.'" If this is true, it begs the question: Where does confidence come from? Is it something that we're born with, or something that we pick up from cultural cues along the way? In other words, are we bringing up our girls to be less confident than men? Or is there something just hard-wired into men that makes them a little more fearless in their lives? I'd believe either version of the story to be true. But, for the sake of simplicity, let's explore these as two separate possibilities for now to see what we might learn from each. Ready for a bit of gender philosophy? Buckle in.