When it comes to equality in U.S. companies, women see a work in progress while men view it as mission accomplished.
Gender equality remains frustratingly elusive. Women are underrepresented in the C-suite, receive lower salaries, and are less likely to receive a critical first promotion to manager than men. Numerous causes have been suggested, but one argument that persists points to differences in men and women’s behavior.
Which raises the question: Do women and men act all that differently?
The data is always the same; you can be liked, or you can be competent, but never the twain shall meet.
With men, success and ambition are correlated with likability, so the more successful a man is, the more likable he becomes. With a woman, guess what? It’s the exact opposite.
Unfortunately, double standards exist. Despite society gradually becoming more aware of how double standards should not be the “norm” and are unfair and biased, there will always be people too stubborn to consider double standards even exist.
We have compiled several different artist’s rendering of what double standards mean to them.
A recent report by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) explores an untapped reserve that the oil and gas industry has slept on for years: women.
Gender balance is not a generally accepted goal. If you think it is, you haven’t been listening. Leaders need to acknowledge this — and meet people where they actually are.
For recent evidence of this, look to Google’s firing of James Damore.