Source: Institute of Leadership & Management, Ambition and gender at work
- So, women report that they have lower career ambitions and expectations compared to men, because they lack the confidence and self-belief in themselves, thus making them leery of applying for higher positions and promotions. Men's confidence is a result for their careers being propelled to higher positions on 3 years average before women.
- Women tend to lack the clarity of career direction more than men; women on a greater percentage did not expect to progress at work, and twice as many women as men did not want to become managers.
- Women in managerial positions have lower confidence compared to men, with 70% of all age groups males having high self confidence, compared to 50% of women. Half of female managers, admit having self-doubt, but only 31% percent of male mangers report the same. Also, women in those classifications, are less likely to achieve their career ambitions.
- Women tend to be more cautious than men wen applying for jobs or promotions: 20% of men will apply for a role, despite partially meeting the job description, compared to 14% of women.
- Women are also more likely than men to voluntarily step off the career ladder, impeding their progress: 42% had taken statutory maternity leave, and 21% had left work to care for children; only 9% of men had taken paternity leave, and just 2% had left work to care for children.
Clearly, we can verify that it's actually women themselves being self-discriminatory and not men, impeding women from getting the leadership roles in the workplace. That is evident when in previous blogs, the reader can verify Not only are women overall favored by employers, but female employers tend to favor divorced women over married men, and male employers prefer women who were more dedicated mothers:
"Comparing different lifestyles revealed that women preferred divorced mothers to married fathers and that men preferred mothers who took parental leaves to mothers who did not. Our findings, supported by real-world academic data, suggest advantages for women launching academic science careers."So we can clearly see that despite there being equal levels of applicants, employers are heavily biased against men.
Also, women are over half the holders of management jobs in the US:
Women comprised 52% of management, professional and related positions.