Confidence is necessary in all we do. For women, the Boardroom can be especially intimidating. Mostly because we have been groomed to take a more submissive way of behaving. According to Judith Humphrey in her book Taking the Stage, she quotes The New York Times with “Men still control the most important industries, especially technology, occupying most of the positions on the lists of the richest Americans, and continue to make more money than women who have similar skills and education”. Women are making great strides as they learn to take risks and self-promote.
Confidence is inside out work. Although, getting it right on the outside is key. Research tells us that first impressions are made in seconds. People judge us in the blink of an eye. Being intentional and purposeful with your appearance is important. Ladies you want to be known for your intelligence not what you wear. Boardroom dress is more conservative and quality attire is preferred.
Fear impacts our communication. I often hear clients tell me “I care what other people think of me”, and “I don’t mean to be offensive”. We don’t mean to be offensive. Unfortunately, we can be so careful about what we say that we lose what needs to be stated. Anxiety and worry holds us back.