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How Women’s Lack of Confidence Can Jeopardise Their Careers.

Mentoring Group with Maree Harris

When I read recently that Michelle Obama feels a fraud and imposter and feels she shouldn’t be taken seriously, I wondered where that left the rest of us. She is one of the most admired and inspirational women in modern times. She drew audiences of 6000+ people as she promoted around the world her book “Becoming”. Yet in spite of her constantly feeling that way on the inside she presents as an empowered and empowering woman on the outside.

I realised how big an issue this is for us as women. Most of us have had that feeling, or carry it around with us as unnecessary baggage. We doubt ourselves often even when we are successful and accomplished at what we do. So we don’t seize opportunities that would enhance and accelerate our careers.

A DDI Report that gathered data from 10,000 global leaders found no difference in the competence of men and women around the business drivers they examined, but it did reveal that women are less confident and less likely than men to rate themselves as highly effective leaders.

You’ve all heard how women won’t apply for a job unless they have at least 8 out of the 10 KPIs, whereas men will apply if they have 3 and will bluff their way through the interview about their capabilities with the other 7.

In the 2019 Women’s Agenda Ambition report, of the 1800+ women surveyed, 50% believed that lack of confidence in their abilities could hinder their career ambitions.

And another research project reported in the Harvard Business Review found that it had never occurred to two thirds of the women surveyed that they could be a CEO until someone else told them.

That’s why I am conducting this Group Mentoring Program for women, commencing in February 2020, and why I want all you readers of my blog to come on this journey with me. We, together, can break through this lack of confidence and self-belief, learn how to self-promote in a way that fits your values, find your voice and negotiate the future career you want. These are absolute essentials we need as women to accelerate our careers and become empowered and empowering leaders. In the group mentoring process I facilitate the sharing and deepening of not just the ideas of the women in the group, but also the energy of the group. In fact, it’s the energy that can be so powerful. We, and I use “we” deliberately, do it together because women helping and supporting one another is powerful.

On December 9, 2019, however, I am conducting an introductory workshop  which will discuss some of the key issues for women. We only have 2 hours, but as people register for the workshop I will phone them and find out what issues are challenging for them and will choose those that most want to discuss. I want it to be as relevant as possible for you. It will be content rich and will let you see what might happen for you if you were to engage with these issues for 6 months.

You can participate in the 2 hour workshop without doing the group mentoring. In the last 15 minutes of the workshop I will explain how the group mentoring will work. Even if you don’t go past the two hour interactive workshop, I hope you will leave being more confident, inspired and motivated to take steps forward. You will find the power within you and while you mightn’t be a Michelle Obama, you can be an empowered and empowering version of yourself.

More Information here about the Introductory Workshop on December 9, 2019 and the Group Mentoring Program commencing February 6, 2020.

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