Corporate Women: Risk-taker or Not?

November 24, 2009 by jhenz  
Published in Issues

"Women apply for open jobs only if they meet 100% of the criteria listed"…

I often read and heard talks about corporate women being non-risk-takers when it comes to career moves. It says that “women apply for open jobs only if they think they meet 100% of the criteria listed, whereas men respond to the posting if they feel they meet 60% of the requirements.”.

That is quite a good difference of 40%, making it easier to say that indeed, corporate women are not risk-takers. But is that it? What happened to the “learning curve”? Are we that weak to simply be scared of learning something new? Can we not come up with the remaining 40% as we move on with our career?

Despite some truth ringing in that statement, I do not agree that corporate women are not risk-takers. I know it sounds ironic, but look at those women CEOs. Why are they now on top of the corporate ladder? Is it because they are afraid of learning and taking on the changes in their corporate field? I don’t think so.

Without taking risks, women would not even exist in the corporate world where men mostly rule and hold the game plays. Without the courage to be risk-takers, women would not struggle for the top of the corporate ladder. They would simply be content with the bottom positions — a doormat. They would just allow men to continue on ruling and leading. But the moment they struggle to compete for the equality and the prestige, that in itself is risk!

Therefore, corporate women are risk-takers!

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2 Responses to “Corporate Women: Risk-taker or Not?”
  1. Will Gray Says:

    Great article on an interesting subject that does not get enough attention.

  2. Yovita Siswati Says:

    I agree! Great post.

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