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The Confidence Gap

It’s no secret that women earn more college and graduate degrees than men, and companies employing women in large numbers outperform their counterparts. Yet men get promoted faster and get paid more. Why? Because men (even those with fewer skills) are better at exuding confidence than women.

Compared to men, women don’t consider themselves ready for promotions, believe they’ll test lower and generally underestimate their abilities. Studies have shown that success correlates just as closely with confidence as it does competence. This is proven by the most significant investment banks to the PTA. Some people are admired and respected; although they are not necessarily the most knowledgeable or capable, they are the most confident. This can all be summed up into a helpful lesson: it’s not enough to keep your head down and do your work, confidence is part of getting ahead, and you have to have it to excel. So learn to take up space, make yourself known and use your voice.

Fortunately, confidence is a skill that can be gained, and the confidence gap can be closed. You can condition yourself to become more confident in your everyday life through group workshops and individual confidence-building sessions. Learn more about Unapologetically Confident™ coaching and workshops for women.

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