According to a recent feature article published in The Atlantic Magazine, “The Confidence Gap,” (April 14, 2014), “evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence.” One of the most challenging aspects of understanding the differences between men and women, is accepting that there are difference between men and women. And that difference, by definition, doesn’t translate into inequity, but rather into very important human asset and resource questions.
On one hand to raise the question “Is there a confidence gap between men and women?” – we’re also asking if so, why. On the other hand, it is most constructive to explore the answer to that question in ways which focuses our attention toward how the gap differences which may impede the ability any sex to fully express and leverage their capabilities, talents, and unique attributes. Allowing impediments to the full expression and engagement of our abilities and perspectives to remain unchecked is how we dilute the impacts we can all have on society and in business, in our families, and in communities whether we are male or female.
Here’s what Katty Clay and Claire Shipman say about why there is a confidence gap, and what to do about it. We want to know what you think!