My March 12 blog post on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inspirational keynote last month, focused on the Economics of Inclusion and the key role women play in increasing GDP performance in economies where women are participating drivers and leaders.
Another key message from Clinton was the ‘internal ceilings,’ the limitations and boundaries that women create for ourselves.
Everyone is familiar with the concept of the ‘glass ceiling’ referring to the externals barriers that women encounter in management, executive and board room circles.
However, in addition to suffering these career stubbing ‘external’ spoilers, it seems women are doing a fine job of holding ourselves back through our own ‘internal ceilings’ and boundaries.
Too often, a woman’s first reaction, when offered a better job or a promotion is to question whether she is capable or qualified enough to fulfill the requirements.
A friend once sabotaged her own success in a promising position, by speaking candidly about her own ‘self -perceived’ weakness in an area of the job that would be a rather minor aspect of her executive position. She did this because Continue reading…