07/17/2013 11:00 am ET

The Unspoken Rules That Silence Women In Leadership


As a teenager, taking driver’s education training for my license was the source of several notable family dramas. My brother and I would alternately tell our parents which of their merges, turns or speeds were illegal or ill-advised, and they had the fun task of either contradicting the “expert” or telling us how driving really worked.

Thankfully, the discrepancy between our driving teachers didn’t have a lasting impact on the practice of driving. It got me thinking, though, about how much more women leaders get conflicting signals and messages when it comes to our place in business, such as “speak up but don’t be pushy” or “lead with confidence but don’t contradict your boss.”

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