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Bridging the confidence gap

With International Women's Day just around the corner, this article in The Atlantic explores the gap in confidence between men and women in numerous studies.

In my view, women need to be wary of the perils of 'imposter syndrome', fear of being disliked and perfectionist tendencies and spend more time developing a strong network of peers and inspirational mentors (both male and female) and pushing past their comfort zones to being more pro-active and more assertive to work towards bridging this confidence gap.

A growing body of evidence shows just how devastating this lack of confidence can be. Success, it turns out, correlates just as closely with confidence as it does with competence. No wonder that women, despite all our progress, are still woefully underrepresented at the highest levels. All of that is the bad news. The good news is that with work, confidence can be acquired. Which means that the confidence gap, in turn, can be closed.

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