Although the glass ceiling may have been raised for women in business over the past century, it’s still rather easy to sabotage career growth. Let’s look at a few mistakes women make in the office which hold them back from the dream careers they long for!
The Caregiver and Peacemaker
Yes, even at the most basic levels, women tend to have the natural desire to make peace instead of war, to nurture when someone appears to be in need. While these traits are qualities of a good person, they can make you lose the competitive edge that could propel you forward in the company hierarchy. You need to allow co-workers to be independent and care for themselves, instead of permitting yourself to get sucked into a maternal role, such as taking on some of their work because they need to leave the office early and you’re the first sucker they could find. As for peacemaking, standing up and voicing your needs, interests, and concerns in the company is worlds better than suffering in silence because you’re afraid to “make waves.”
The Everything to Everyone
Along the same vein, sometimes women can fall into the superwoman “I-can-do-it-all” mentality. While women do indeed have the ability to wear many hats in life, you can overdo it in a heartbeat. Stretching yourself too thin and focusing more on being the company’s “jack of all trades” rather than on your own position and responsibilities is a surefire way to stunt your career advancement. While being a company team player is a great quality, being taken advantage of due to others’ irresponsibility or laziness will make you lose respect for yourself and negatively impact how others see you. Helping a slacker employee make his project deadlines will aid an incompetent employee while taking time away from your own responsibilities. Consistently doing menial tasks around the office for others which they can easily perform, especially when you have a deadline for your own work, is a serious hinderance to your career growth.
Letting Emotions Rule
As the saying goes, women tend to be more connected to their feelings and emotions than men. While this can be a great asset in life when it comes to understanding yourself and others, and being able to release those emotions healthily, you must reign in certain behaviors in the office. Too much emotion prevents you from thinking logically and calmly and can compromise your ability to do your work. Another factor to keep in mind, unfortunately, is that emotionally charged individuals can be more easily manipulated. Any opponent can use your emotions as a way to distract you from the end goal, and if you’re upset enough, you may have a hard time focusing on the task at hand. Not allowing yourself to climb aboard an emotional roller coaster, whether of your own or your opponent’s making, and taking the time to clear your head before jumping back into that important meeting, are valuable tips for anyone intent upon reaching the pinnacle of corporate success.