Women, Advocate For Yourselves

Are you letting opportunities pass you by?


Studies show that women in leadership roles are less likely to take credit for their work and more likely to give credit to their male counterparts. Julie Bauke, strategic career advisor and workplace expert at The Bauke Group, explains that these actions often contribute to salary and career gaps. However, if you don't advocate for yourself when it comes to opportunities as well as your salary, no one else will. 

In this video, Julie offers tactical steps and behaviors to encourage women to step fully into leadership roles.

When it comes to women in leadership roles, or women who aspire to be in leadership roles, one of the things I would tell them is, based on my experience, women who I have talked to from all industries and professions, is we don't give ourselves enough credit. We're the ones who, if we see a job posted that has 10 requirements, we only have nine, we walk away. Where a guy will see that he has two of them, apply, and get the job. And then we're sitting there wondering how the heck did that happen.

And so we're better than we think we are, we get so filled with self-doubt and an unwillingness to really step out or put our hands up, and say "Hey, I'd really like to try this. I think I'm ready for this" that we really cripple our opportunities. And I think that can be, a lot of times, where the salary gap comes from is that we aren't really stepping out, and advocating for ourselves.

If you find out that you're being paid below what your peers are making, you have similar experience, you can either sit there and fume, and talk to your girlfriends about it, or you can do something about it. You can build a business case, and go in, and talk to either your boss or human resources about what you found out, about why you deserve to be paid more and ask for it in a nice way. We sometimes get really caught up in, "Well, what if I do that, and people don't like me anymore?" We're afraid to ruffle feathers, we're afraid to create conflict, and nobody really enjoys creating conflict. But if you don't advocate for yourself in your career when it comes to your opportunities as well as your salary, no one else will. Nobody cares about your career as much as you do, and they shouldn't.

And to sit and wait to be picked, to sit and wait for someone else to advocate for you, you're going to be waiting for a long time. And so for any women leader watching this, figure out what you want, make a business case for it, and go ask for it because no one is going to do it for you. Figure out what your value is, step into it, build your case and go ask for it. And if you don't get what you want the first time, keep building and ask again.

Julie Bauke

Julie Bauke is The Chief Career Happiness Officer of The Bauke Group. She is as serious about your Career Happiness as she is her own — and she is deadly serious about hers.

She started The Bauke Group after a lifetime of bel...

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