Do you have the self-confidence to be a manager in a male dominated industry? Sharon tells her story of coping with put-downs and building respect.
My work involves being an IP (Internet Protocol) service assurance manager, in Adelaide, South Australia. I am the leader of an IT team of 26 people in the IT industry, many of whom are older men.
Do I ever get problems managing men? Yes!
One of them said to me once, "I get bossed around at home, I am not going to get bossed at work by a woman."
I am Australian, of English/Irish descent and 44 years old.
I have overcome a loss of confidence by re-thinking my career goals and strategies.
What has helped me build my confidence is taking a risk, doing things that are out of my comfort zone, and in most cases finding that the situation isn’t as uncomfortable as I thought it was going to be.
My self-confidence increased when I became a manager, eight years ago, of a much smaller all male team. I became a manager there after being an IT operator. I gained respect and self-confidence and so when this job came I applied.
It’s good to be confident because it reflects in my appearance (posture, facial expressions etc.) and my performance, and it helps me to continue to grow, learn, and achieve.
I stay confident by believing in my abilities and striving to learn and improve to achieve my goals.
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