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9 Career Stoppers for Women

9 Career Stoppers for Women

Barbara Reinhold, Monster Contributing Writer

Very few people doubt the corporate deck is stacked against women to some degree. Still, you can sabotage your own career through errors made in the name of doing well or doing more.

Here are nine career stoppers that can prevent you from advancing in your career. Do any of them figure into your modus operandi?

Take Care of Others and Forget About Yourself

Even though females are socialized to be caretakers, if you say yes to everything at work, you’ll end up giving it all away and won’t have time left to do the job at hand. You’ll also undermine the efficacy of others on your team.

Think of Yourself But Not Others

This is the other side of the dichotomy. If you overcorrect and think only of yourself, then you will probably manage autocratically and have a hard time keeping a team working well together. A career is best lived at the point of creative tension between these two pulls.

Wait for Permission

Far too many women wait around for an approving nod before making a move in their careers. These same women also end up not being promoted or taken seriously enough, because they seem to lack confidence and assertiveness. Obedience will forever keep you in the middle of the pack.

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