It seems like an old stereotype, but according to Ronald Burke of York University’s Schulich School of Business, women are less like than men to aggressively put themselves forward for promotion.


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As outlined in this Globe & Mail story, there are several tendencie that account for this: women want the competence to be “completely unassailable” before putting themsleves forward; distaste for self-promotion makes them less likely to toot their own horns; women managers want to finish the jobs they started before moving on.
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Unfortunately, some of these are the very characteristics that make woman candidates better for the job, according to Burke:

Ironically the very qualities that hold women back from putting themselves forward for higher roles – being cautious and risk-averse – also make them better in those roles. That means, Dr. Burke said, “they are not only doing a disservice to themselves, but also to the company, because you end up not having the best people doing these jobs. So there’s costs all round.”

Read the full Globe & Mail article.