The Confidence Myth: Why Women Undervalue Their Skills, and How to Get Over It

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Mar 2, 2015 - Business & Economics - 144 pages
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Not only do we need more female leaders at the top, but we need more women at all levels of business, government, and nonprofits to step up—there's no time to waste. The problem, says Helene Lerner, isn't so much that women lack confidence but that they misunderstand what confidence really is.

True confidence isn't fearlessness; it's having the courage to jump in even when your knees are shaking. Any woman who waits until she feels 100 percent confident before offering a big idea or asking for a raise or promotion will never get anywhere. Drawing on her own and other female leaders' experiences, as well as on her survey of over 500 working women, Lerner lays out practical strategies for beating this confidence myth and overcoming obstacles like gender bias. The book features dozens of Confidence Sparks, simple but powerful exercises and techniques that can catapult anyone's career to the next level.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Transform Fear by Stepping Up
9
2 Lead with Presence
25
3 Win with Honest Feedback
42
4 Create Power Parameters
55
5 Stand Out and Attract Sponsors
70
6 Trust Your Inner Compass
82
Conclusion
93
Thirty Days of Confidence Sparks
101
The Women and Confidence Survey Methodology and Results
106
Notes
116
Acknowledgments
119
Index
121
About the Author
131
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Helene Lerner is a prolific author, independent public television host, Emmy-winning executive producer and Fortune 500 workplace consultant. Her writing, speaking, and broadcasting cover a wide array of women's issues. Under the umbrella of Creative Expansions, Inc. the company she founded in 1994, Lerner has produced more than 20 televised specials and received American Public Television's (APT) "MVP" award for her outstanding contributions to public television. She is also the author of nine books. She resides in New York.

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