I recently read an insightful article by author and expert on Women’s Leadership and Well-being Tara Mohr. Titled ‘How Women Undermine Themselves With Words’ it explains how many women through their choice of language unconsciously undermine themselves, creating the perception that they are less competent and confident.
In her article Mohr offers some suggestions as to why women do this – habit, the influence of other women around them doing the same, and the historical place of women in society are all potential reasons why this occurs. What I find so useful about the article is it gives us a few simple self-limiting language pitfalls to look out for to ensure we are not falling into this trap.
Jude Allan is a Facilitator and Coach alliance partner @ Catalyst6 Consulting.