Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Unveiling the Invisible Language
As we strive for gender equality and leadership representation, there’s a crucial aspect we must address: the invisible language we unintentionally use ourselves as women.
By having an honest conversation about how these subtle linguistic patterns can impact our opportunities for moving up into leadership roles, we can start to ‘pattern interrupt’ and begin to make changes intrinsically, benefitting us externally.
You might be wondering, what exactly is “invisible language”?
Invisible language is the subtle linguistic habits and phrases that can often go unnoticed but have a profound effect on how we are perceived in a professional setting. As women, we might unknowingly downplay our achievements, use less assertive language, or even apologise excessively when it’s not necessary.
Research has shown that women can face unique challenges in the workplace, and the way we communicate is one of them. By being more aware of the words we choose and the language we adopt, we can take an important step towards closing the gender gap in leadership positions. It’s not about changing or compromising who we are, but rather, empowering ourselves to showcase our skills, ideas, and accomplishments with confidence!
Here are a few tips to help recognise these patterns and make a conscious effort to change them:
1️⃣ Own Your Achievements:
When discussing your accomplishments, do you use confident language that highlights your contributions without downplaying them? Be proud of your hard work, accomplishments and the value you bring to the table.
2️⃣ Embrace Your Ideas:
Do you speak up and share your ideas with confidence and clarity during meetings and discussions? Your insights are valuable and deserve to be heard, own your voice and embrace your perspective.
3️⃣ Replace Apologies with Confidence:
While politeness is essential, there’s no need to apologise excessively or unnecessarily. Have you ever found yourself saying ‘sorry’ for no reason?! I know I have! This was something that was ingrained in me as a child and took awareness and time for me to break that habit (I promise it is possible!) Stand behind your decisions and actions, you deserve to own your confidence.
4️⃣ Amplify Others:
Lift each other up! Celebrate the successes of your colleagues and connections. Recognise their talents. Together, we can continue to build a supportive and empowering environment that welcomes everyone regardless of gender expression. One one person rises, we all rise.
Let’s keep the conversation going!
Have you noticed any invisible language habits in your own communication?
What strategies have you implemented to overcome these challenges?
Share your experiences and insights with us.
Let’s learn from each other and grow together!