Is it just us or is the air getting a bit brisker the higher up we climb on the corporate ladder?
If you are a women, you’re more likely to receive criticism not only for your performance at work but also for your personality. A study confirms that only 2% of men get personality-related criticism at work while 76% of women hear words like “abrasive” and “judgemental.”
The author of New York Times article Learning to Love Criticism says: “Powerful women tend to receive overreactive, shaming and inappropriately personal criticism. Kirsten E. Gillibrand’s colleagues in the Senate making comments about her weight. Christiane Amanpour being blasted for expressing even a hint of anger about the deaths of children in Syria. Hillary Rodham Clinton for not looking well rested enough while circling the globe.”
This is unfair, ridiculous, but it’s also a fact.
So let’s not get dissuaded. Let’s rather find a way to embrace criticism as a surefire sign that we’re on the right path and let’s develop a teflon approach when it comes to dealing with criticism. Nothing sticks and nothing bothers. The article Learning to Love Criticism shares a number of ways to achieve that. Why don’t you give them a try — we sure will:
- Identify another woman whose response to criticism you admire and try to emulate it
- Learn to view criticism as information about the other person’s preferences rather than a comment on you
- Ask yourself whether the criticism cuts so deep because it is related to a doubt you may hold about yourself
- Don’t get blinded by praise and don’t get paralyzed by criticism