A lot of women say they often feel afraid or tongue-tied when it comes time to speak up in a meeting or a group setting. It turns out there may be a biological reason.
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute studied the impact of social rank in a small group on the ability to solve problems. The researchers gave a group of men and women with similar baseline IQs a set of questions to answer. In the middle of the test, they were told how well they did compared to the rest of the group, and then, their IQs were measured again and the findings were startling! In a social setting, some of the people’s IQ goes down and of the ones that go down, over 80% of them are women!!
Bottom line, the study showed for some, particularly women , if we think others in a group are smarter, we become, well, dumber. and in the real world , where key business decisions are often made in small group settings, just like this, a lot of good ideas may not be getting heard.
The researchers think the loss in IQ may have something to do with women being more sensitive to body cues, reading the body language of others and reading others perceptions. Nonetheless, we women MUST speak up!
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Assertiveness is standing up for your right to be treated fairly. It is clearly and effectively communicating, with confidence, your thoughts, opinions, needs, and feelings, without ignoring, hurting or disrespecting those of others. It means that you are able to express your emotions without feeling self-conscious and are prepared to defend your own position if necessary so you will be able to build better relationships with the people around you.
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