21% of girls don’t believe they have leadership qualities
The article brings up many interesting points about how girls aren’t as confident in their leadership skills as they need to be. It also discusses the importance of having every individual feel like they have a place in their group and can contribute, whether it’s speaking up or taking on a more specific role within the group.
The state of women’s leadership today
It was shocking to see that 21% of girls don’t believe they have leadership qualities. These results were provided by the Generating Leaders Survey, which surveyed 1,000 women aged 18-34. 38% of the women reported never feeling confident in their leadership skills, while 28% of women said they felt like they weren’t given opportunities to lead at work.
What causes girls to feel they don’t have leadership qualities
This is because of the negative messages they receive from society, which makes them feel like there is no room for them to grow their leadership skills. Many girls think that being called “bossy” or “pushy” is a sign that they are not liked or valued by others, which can lead to anxiety and depression.
One of the main reasons why girls feel they don’t have leadership qualities is that more girls are growing up with an authoritative figure in their lives. In order to be a leader, you have to have some sense of power and authority. Girls may not believe that they have this trait because they’re being raised by parents who don’t believe in giving them a say or who make them feel like they can’t do anything on their own.
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Another reason found for girls to feel they don’t have leadership qualities is that girls don’t identify with character traits such as toughness and assertiveness and instead want to be perceived as kind and nurturing. Additionally, girls perceive that boys are much more likely to be leaders than girls and the result is a self-fulfilling prophecy for many girls.
But, wait a minute, who said a leader can’t be kind and nurturing?
A look into the future and what we can do to change it
With the number of girls who don’t believe they have leadership qualities on the rise, it’s time to rethink what we consider leadership. Leaders are multidimensional, not defined by one attribute or trait-like many people believe. The 21% of girls who don’t believe they have leadership qualities may be more likely to take up leadership roles in years to come not only because they will be more prevalent in society, but because children are becoming increasingly accustomed to seeing new perspectives and encouraging that type of mentality.
The future is female, and it’s time to take that seriously. By the year 2030, half of the world’s workforce will be comprised of women, and it is crucial for women to step up as leaders now. In a study published by McKinsey & Company in October 2016, only 30% of managers worldwide are women. This leaves a large part of society without leaders they can identify with or who have an understanding of what it means to be a woman who leads.
We need to understand that girls who don’t believe they have leadership qualities, also fail to recognize their own leadership skills. Many studies show that boys and men are leading in the world of leadership, which makes it essential for girls to recognize their strengths and build on them rather than seeing themselves as less than boys and men.
Between ages 8-14, girls’ confidence levels drop by 30%
There is a difference between leadership qualities and self-confidence. This can be challenging for girls to understand. Girls are often afraid to step up, but they are afraid that they won’t be liked if they do.
You might not think about it, but girls are constantly judged on their appearances. They’re told they’re too fat, too thin, too old, not old enough, and that their outfits don’t fit right. As a result, they start to doubt that they have any leadership skills or qualities at all. A study found that between ages 8-14, girls’ confidence levels drop by 30%. It was determined that this is due to peer pressure and the social pressure of being a girl.
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The survey also found that girls in the US are twice as likely to believe they’re not good enough. Girls ages 8-14 are more likely to express less confidence in their leadership qualities due to a decrease in their self-image.
Women, connect with other female leaders and encourage each other
I want to share a personal experience. I attended a conference for Women Empowerment last year, and as I walked around the room, I felt as though every woman there was walking on cloud nine. There was just this sense of elation that filled the room.
I was so moved by these women that I started writing down notes about how to emulate them for my friends who identified as female leaders and entrepreneurs.
When women connect with other female leaders, they feel more confident and empowered. Encouraging each other is a good step towards creating a community for women to help each other succeed in the workplace and in life. If you want to be a good leader, you should try to connect with other female leaders and encourage each other so that we can achieve more. It’s important for females to believe in themselves and encourage one another because only then will we be able to reach our potential.
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