“Leaning In” isn’t just about women
Much has been made about Sheryl Sandberg’s book and crusade about how women are holding themselves back in the workplace “by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands and pulling back when we should be leaning in.” Irene Corner, chief executive of HSBC USA uses the term, “sticky floor”–asserting that women who remain in lower-tier jobs because they don’t proactively try to climb the corporate ladder.
- you have to want to get ahead.
- you have to know where you stand. You have to know what your superiors think about you and how they view you. Get feedback…about you, where you stand, do you have potential, what’s holding you back (strengths and weaknesses), does your perception of you and what you think you are accomplishing match what they perceive
- you have to let your superiors know you want to get ahead…more specifically, you want to take on more responsibilities
- you have to invest in your career…that’s what 5pm-8am and weekends are about
- you have to get superiors to be comfortable with you…that starts with you investing effort to “conforming” with what your superiors are interested in. White males generally enjoy sports. You may not like sports, but you need to take an interest in it so you can interact with those who do…in many cases, those are your superiors.