Want to get ahead at work? According to a British study, having feminine qualities will do the trick, the Daily Mail reports. The results are definitely surprising, because it kind of goes against the grain of what I've always thought — the assertive and confident approach is the pathway to success for women. A friend and I were talking about this the other day, and it seemed to us that women in power in male-dominated industries or careers tend to have more forceful personalities. However, the scientists of this study disagree. The Daily Mail says:
The findings, which will dismay feminists, suggest the best way for a woman to succeed in a man’s world is to act like a lady. They tally with past research that showed women oozing with self-confidence, assertiveness and other characteristics linked with successful management can be side-lined at work in favour of meeker types. It is thought that while such traits are highly-prized in men, go-getting women are penalised for not being feminine enough and are seen as less likeable.
When I look at power women like Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, and Hillary Clinton, it's hard to believe those findings. What do you think — do women need to put on some lipstick and heels to get promoted?