Women less likely to lobby for promotion

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.


Image courtesy of Shutterstock
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.
Where are the women CIOs? Three speak out

Forbes writer to Mayer: You can’t have it all

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.


Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Dave Webb
Dave Webb
Dave Webb is a freelance editor and writer. A veteran journalist of more than 20 years' experience (15 of them in technology), he has held senior editorial positions with a number of technology publications. He was honoured with an Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Business Journalism in 2000, and several Canadian Online Publishing Awards as part of the ComputerWorld Canada team.

Featured Articles

Cybersecurity in 2024: Priorities and challenges for Canadian organizations 

By Derek Manky As predictions for 2024 point to the continued expansion...

Survey shows generative AI is a top priority for Canadian corporate leaders.

Leaders are devoting significant budget to generative AI for 2024 Canadian corporate...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now