We’ve all experienced female rivalry in the workplace, right? The bitchy comments, the jealousy, the backstabbing… So, let me ask you this.. Why are some women seemingly incapable of getting along with other women? Why is there so much female competition in the workplace (and just about everywhere else)?
A closer look of female rivalry in the workplace
Because of our position in society over the past hundreds (even thousands!) of years, women operate on the scarcity principle: there’s not enough for all of us, therefore I must do what it takes to get mine. In terms of a career, female rivalry in the workplace is driven by competing against each other for the meager number of high-ranking positions we see occupied by women. Did you know only 2% of CEOs and only 13% of C-level executives are women?
This creates the mindset and mentality that many women have: If she succeeds, there’s less chance I will also succeed. This proven scarcity and lack of successful women at the very top goes a long way in explaining why some women feel the need to take out or tear down “competitors.” They simply don’t think there’s enough to go around.
Women are capable of being great leaders and role models, of course. The reason there are so few women in these positions is because we haven’t yet learned how to gain support from other women.
Instead, we see each other as threats.
So, how do we overcome this?
We need to change our thinking to reflect equal standing with men. In a world where the top positions are filled with 50% men and 50% women, women’s deep-seated insecurity has less chance to fester, and thereby we can expect to see less female rivalry in the workplace. Once we get to the point where the best candidate wins fairly based on merit, not gender, women will no longer view each other as competition that needs to be squandered.
Let’s pause to think about this for a minute… To overcome female competition in the workplace, we need gender equality in the workplace first! That’s what The Women’s Code is all about, and that’s what we’re fighting to achieve. To find out more about us, please visit: https://thewomenscode.com/.
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At her lowest point, Beate Chelette was $135,000 in debt, a single mother, and forced to leave her home. Only 18 months later, she sold her image licensing business to Bill Gates in a multimillion dollar deal. Chelette is a nationally known ‘gender decoder’ who has appeared in over 60 radio shows, respected speaker, career coach, consummate creative entrepreneur, and author of Happy Woman Happy World. Beate is also the founder of The Women’s Code, a unique guide to women leadership and personal and career success that offers a new code of conduct for today’s business, private, and digital worlds. Determined to build a community of women supporting each other, she took her life-changing formula documented it all in a book Brian Tracy calls “an amazing handbook for every woman who wants health, happiness, love and success!”
Through her corporate initiative “Why Acting Like a Girl Is Good For Business” she helps companies with gender diversification training, and to develop and retain women.
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