How And Why Is Projecting Power At Work So Important For Women

Posted: May 22, 2016

To be considered as a worthy candidate and a matched opponent to a man, projecting power at work becomes extremely important for women.

“The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual in the planet.” –Mohadesa Najumi

Whether you’re an entry-level employee, a middle-level manager, or the CEO of the company, if you want others to look at you as a leader, then you need to act like one. This need for projection of power goes a step higher when you are a woman. There is a stereotypical notion that women are weaker than their male counterparts when it comes to leadership. So in order to break this myth and be perceived as credible, confident, and powerful, women have to exhibit behaviors that enhances their authority in the work space.

This is what our readers had to say on the weekly Twitter chat #Womenonthemove.

But more often than not women who are assertive and whose words bear a heavier burden than their male colleagues or counter-parts are often termed as ‘feisty’ whereas their male counterparts are labelled as ‘confident’. It is a mystery however why women today are still characterised by their emotion and not their rationality.

Although aggressiveness comes naturally when we want to be assertive enough, yet some argue that this is highly uncalled for. They say that there is a very thin line between being assertive and being aggressive and everyone should be mindful of that gap.

Some argued that being passive makes women look timid.

So how do women project power where they are assertive without being aggressive. What are the elements that play a critical role in portraying power?

Do clothes play a vital role in projecting power? Here is what our readers had to say.

More power to you woman!

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