Executive · Business

What’s your take on the status of women in business and do you find the question itself frustrating?

Abhinandan Chada Android Developer at Code Brew Labs

October 10th, 2016

Women in the western part of the world are equal to men, at least they should be. Still, there are much more men at executive positions. Why do you think this is?

Andrea Raimondi Computer Software Consultant and Contractor

October 10th, 2016

Hi!

I will give you a "male perspective" on this because, well, that's what I am :)
The bottom line is that men don't know any better.

You are probably fully aware that, as individuals, we tend to stick around our own. This means many things, but the most important is that we learn to recognize the signs from the people who are like us.

When it comes to business, of course, men are fare more capable at recognizing male talent than female one because we have a tendency to stick around men more than women, even though that seems counter-intuitive.

The other problem is that women know that, so they will not usually make themselves available for a promotion because they know they would probably be passed up by men.

And, finally, there's the defining issue of our time: the Dunning-Krugher effect. Dunning and Krugher found out that people who lack visibility of their limits tend to be over-confident and that means that, sometimes, a mediocre employee gets promoted because of the confident air he exudes.

Misogyny also plays a role but a far lesser one that people would normally think: you see, misogyny is a thing only if you're able to recognise the talent around you and that's seldom the case.