Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

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Gender: Perception differences - Nature, 2 July 2014

Negative self-bias taints female managers' self-rating, finds study.

Female leaders underrate how their bosses and colleagues perceive their performance, find US researchers (R. E. Sturm et al. J. Org. Behav. 35, 657–677; 2014). In a two-part report examining responses from 270 women across sectors including health services and banking, the authors find that lack of self-confidence, perception of gender roles and a lack of direct feedback from superiors contributed to women's self-underrating. Female managers also rate their own performances lower than do male leaders, the team found. Women in leadership positions must become aware of any negative self-biases, says co-author Leanne Atwater, a management researcher at the University of Houston in Texas. “If you're unsure of your boss's feelings about your work, get feedback and don't make assumptions,” she says.

Original article here.

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