Virginia at Work: Women leading the way

Technology, trends, relationships and even attire have changed in the mordern day workplace, but one thing has not; men almost always outnumber women in leadership positions.

Lynda McNutt Foster, the CEO of Cortex Leadership Consulting, told WFXR News that many women are constantly juggling responsibilities at work and at home, and they may hold them selves back from big opportunities.

"I think women raise their hand very quickly and say 'Hey, I'll be responsible for that'. They tend to fill in when needed. They will be very accountable for what they took responsibility for," said Lynda McNutt Foster. "What women tend to not do that I've seen, is that they don't negotiate authority. I think they understand how much responsibility comes with authority, and so, they're concerned about stepping into that space when they have so many other responsibilities already."

In most cases, landing that leadership role or promotion may boil down to timing and confidence.

"Women will not take a promotion because they don't feel competent yet. Men will take a promotion feeling confident that they will build the competency to be able to do the job well," said Lynda McNutt Foster. "Guilt saps us from a lot of energy and doesn't allow us to be present. So I think for women, it's complicated. I don't think it's easy and I personally don't think it's men holding us back."

CLICK HERE for more tips and resources on women leading the way from Cortex Leadership Consulting.


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