What Keeps High-Achieving Women From Choosing Executive Positions. VI. Results: Themes One – Three

What Keeps High-Achieving Women From Choosing Executive Positions. VI. Results: Themes One – Three

Sample interview responses:

(AW) “I’ve never felt afraid to try something. I may put my foot in and then be concerned that I can’t live up to the fact that I stuck my foot in. But I’ve never said no. Unless it was something I didn’t want to do like sales. So I choose not to do sales. But I don’t doubt that I can complete something and I don’t doubt that I can stick to things.”

(MR) “My first two companies promoted me quickly to positions beyond my capabilities, both in experience and knowledge. But I rose to the challenge and figured it out.”

(JS) “I think the things that have happened to me in my life have been a matter of opportunity meets capability. I have the opportunity to do it and I didn’t shy away from it. I make things happen.”

(NM) “I’m not fearful. I don’t worry about how. I just do it.”

Survey response: 44% said they sometimes experience self doubt, and only after they accept an assignment, not before. 16% said they never experience self-doubt.

Sample survey comments:

“The self doubt is fleeting. Every time I accept a new challenge and before I’ve gotten into it, I do think about how I’m going to master the new challenge.”

“I usually feel when faced with a new position that I may not have the skills or I may not be ready for the challenge. This usually passes once I am in the position within 4 months.”

“For a moment after I accept an assignment, I gasp. But the feeling is fleeting.”

“When I get into a situation where I have a new challenge or I don’t know how to approach something, I don’t doubt myself. Instead, I automatically get the mindset that there’s a way to figure it out; I just need to identify the way/resources to do that.”


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Marcia ReynoldsIn addition to coaching leaders in global companies, Dr. Marcia Reynolds travels the world speaking and teaching classes in advanced coaching skills, leadership and emotional intelligence. She is the author of 3 books and has been quoted in major online and print publications in the US and Europe.

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