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Women are often shy about taking credit for work, at the cost of career growth! Here are tips on taking credit at work, with confidence and grace.
By Rania Anderson
When we posted this photo-quote on Facebook and Twitter, we immediately heard back from women all over the world.
Some overwhelmingly endorsed the sentiment, “behind every successful woman is herself.” Others didn’t agree, citing the support we get from family, friends and colleagues.
Naturally, we all recognize that there is a great deal that goes into anyone’s success. But for us, this quote was an acknowledgement of two things:
But, there is a persistent behaviour that hinders women’s success: the habit of not accepting credit for their own accomplishments.
Much research has been conducted on this topic. You can read one recent study here.
Instead of more data, I want to give you some words and tips to use in accepting credit for your results and accomplishments or for times when you need to sell yourself during an interview or in a conversation with a client.
Instead of saying:
Regarding an accomplishment (with a client or on a project)
My mother always told me that when someone pays you a compliment it is exactly the same as if they had given you a gift. The appropriate response when someone gives you a gift is “Thank you.” So why, when most of us have been taught to be kind and gracious, can we not accept compliments or positive feedback on results we produce?
Acknowledging your role in creating results will help your career or business
I urge you to try it! At a minimum it will make those who compliment or ask about your accomplishments feel appreciated.
There is, of course, a time when it’s appropriate to acknowledge your team, and other times when it’s appropriate to take credit. But, too often, women don’t take credit and too quickly attribute success to others. In contrast, one of the most frequent pieces of feedback that I give male executives I coach is to use the word “we” more frequently than “I” in communicating about results at work. Men are typically very quick to take credit for and make their accomplishments known.
So, take credit for your accomplishments. I know you have a lot to be proud of!
This post was first published here.
Rania Anderson is an angel investor, entrepreneur, former corporate leader, and a leading authority on business women. She’s also the Founder and President of The Way Women Work.
Pic credit: Miguelvirkunnen (Used under a CC license)
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