What Keeps High-Achieving Women from Choosing Executive Positions: VII. Results: Themes Four and Five
On the other hand, the women tend to view themselves as smarter, faster and stronger, or more assertive, than most of the people they work with. This self-assessment can be perceived as arrogance and their superiority could trigger competitiveness in other people. However, the results indicate that with experience, the women come to recognize the effect they have on others and learn to be more “politically correct” when dealing with people they might intimidate.
Yet no one should take their reserve as a loss of passion or drive. Most of the women see themselves working all of their lives; their personal needs are met by working. The workplace is their playground where they get to be courageous, creative, self-sufficient, amazing, productive, outstanding and the bold savior of all. They will never sit still; work balance means adeptly balancing all the balls. They want to use up all of their resources, including their personal energy, not hold things back for a rainy day. They want to move mountains and win for the good of all. That is the game they are playing. They don’t want to beat anyone. They just want everyone to get out of their way.
Therefore, being micromanaged isn’t the only thing they hate. Even worse, they abhor feeling underutilized. They must find outlets for their unbounded energy.