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Bragging their way to the top

Are a lack of bragging skills what’s keeping women out of the top ranks of business?


 

There’s a serious lack of women in the top ranks of business, but maybe that’s because men are better braggers, says a new study. U.S. and Spanish researchers asked M.B.A. students to do math problems, finding that men and women performed about the same. But when they were asked to recall how well they scored over a year later, the men ranked their performance 30 per cent better than it actually was; for women, it was 15 per cent.

Participants were then asked to do the math problems in groups, with each group picking a leader. Cash was offered to whichever team won, making sure teams picked a leader they felt was strongest; some leaders got cash incentives, too, adding a reason to boast about their past results. Both men and women were willing to lie, they found, but men exaggerated their abilities more. Women were selected one-third less often as leaders.

Researchers chalked it up to “honest overconfidence,” since men seem to unconsciously inflate their abilities, and warned employers not to mistake this for true performance. “It’s not just a matter of telling men not to lie,” says co-author Ernesto Reuben of Columbia Business School, since men seem to honestly believe their skills are that good—a finding likely to induce some eye-rolling among female counterparts.


 
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Bragging their way to the top

  1. (eye roll)   this is nothing new…women have known this forever.

  2. They aren’t missing much. I would not in a million years sell my soul to climb the ladder. The charming sociopath is not something I aspire to. Ambitious women should seriously consider just how badly they want this “equality”. 

  3. I would like to comment about the average salaries that students from Ivy league schools earn compared to non Ivy league schools. This is an elitist system although their are many talented students from Ivy league schools their are also many talented students from non Ivy league schools yet anyone that graduates from one of these schools more often than not gets a ticket to a top job. What I would love to see for example is the bottom 10% of the graduating class of harvard yale and princeton and compare their salaries to the top 10% of the gratuating class of the non Ivy league schools that are considered very good maybe the universities that are considered to be in the top 20% or about that but exclude harvard’ yale and princeton. Now compare their salaries and see if the Ivy leaguers in the bottom 10% of their class still make more money and have better jobs than the non Ivy leaguers that graduated in the top 10% of their class. If they do this proves what I said in the beginning of my comment. Its an elitist system.

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