Are Women Not Arrogant Enough?

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(Big Think) Why Brilliant Women Should Be More Arrogant

Tara Sophia Mohr has a challenge for working women. “You’re brilliant and thoughtful, but could you move a few more inches in the arrogant idiot direction please?”

Be an arrogant idiot is rule #5 of Mohr’s 10 Rules for Brilliant Women, a blog post that went viral last year, turning the writer and leadership coach into a minor internet celebrity (she has 3,538 followers on Twitter and her services are fully-booked). Each of the rules is a specific and actionable step in the process of advocating powerfully for your perspective. But it’s #5 that gets the most response.

Of course, Mohr knows you’re not really going to be arrogant, because the first rule of brilliant women is that they don’t know they’re brilliant. Still, the advice resonates: “What most women are seeing in the workplace is a bunch of guys throwing out half-formed ideas, not particularly well-thought out, yet they’re rallying everyone and getting tons of resources put behind them while many women are waiting for their idea to be more researched, more perfect.”

Mohr came up with the ten rules in twenty minutes, after a lifetime of listening to clients and friends share thoughts and opinions with her that could have “transformed their organizations” had they been voiced to bosses and co-workers. She asked herself, what is holding such amazing women back from communicating their vision? And more importantly, “how can we get the conversations that are happening [in private] to actually come to being?”

(Thanks RZ)

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