My developers always refer to me as a “sir”. In the past year, I have been working remotely with a new team of developers. All of our correspondences have been over emails; we have never met. I usually only leave my initials on our interactions without full names. Every time that I respond to their emails, whether I am providing technical advice or working them through a procedure, they always start the conversation with “sir” and close with “thank you, sir.”
I think that they assume that I am a sir because my work ethic speaks volumes. I do not quit until a scheduled goal is successful.
My emails are also assertive and welcoming, and they have systematically ascribed these skills to be that of a “sir.”
People associate women and men with different traits and link men with more characteristics that connote leadership.
Research has demonstrated that women’s leadership style characterized by innovating, building trust, and empowering followers are ideal for today’s challenges. Women leaders emphasize teamwork and authentic communication as the key to success.
-Tackle the obstacle to women’s progress, and you will increase your firms’ competitive prowess.
It is well over 12 months, and I am yet to reveal that I am not a “sir” but a “ma”.
I shall see how long these “sir dynamics” can continue. This phenomenon is becoming another layer for my academic research.
I am elated to be teaching courses that accentuate Diversity, Inclusion, and Authentic Leadership development to both men and women.