If you are not tracking the hashtag #readwomen2014, you should!
“Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg was a 2013 huge success, but get ready, 2014 will bring even more best-sellers!
The newly-released book we should be reading over Summer weekends is “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know” by Claire Shipman (right), a reporter for ABC News, and Katty Kay (left), the anchor of BBC World News America.
In two decades of covering American politics, Claire and Katty have interviewed some of the most influential women in the world and they confessed being stroke by the extent to which these women suffered from self-doubt (including Christine Lagarde!)
At some point, we are tired of playing by the rules and keeping silent behind our desk, laptop, mat or whatever is your main working tool. Are we confident enough now or do we still unconsciously believe we are an intrusion in the men’s world despite around skills and credentials?
Success, it turns out, correlates just as closely with confidence as it does with competence. Within any given company, be it an investment bank or a gym club , some individuals tend to be more admired and more listened to than others. They are not necessarily the most knowledgeable or capable people in the room, but they are the most self-assured. A lot comes through verbal and non-verbal behaviours, including the way we speak or dress. Our problem is that we believe we only have the right to feel confident when 100% perfect … However, L-lack of confidence also means inaction and results in holding oneself back and eventually opting out.
And you, do you easily absorb criticism without being discouraged? Do you feel strong enough?
Some may say these books depict women’s empowerment as a corporate-backed crusade hat encourages women to promote themselves as “objects” for professional advancement. No matter what some think, we still believe they give us the perfect shot of confidence we need to navigate in our lives!