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One Habit Gives Women an Advantage Over Men at Work Preparation

Written by: Morgan Smith
Published on: Jun 17, 2024

Female Perfectionism

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Women are more likely than men to embrace perfectionist tendencies like overpreparing and overdelivering at work, studies show. When used strategically, this habit can give female employees a sustainable advantage, according to new research.

Perfectionism is often rooted in a fear of failure. For many women, the tendency to overprepare and overdeliver comes from an understanding that “you have to work twice as hard as your male co-workers for half the recognition, [and] that to succeed, you can’t be average,” Wiersema says.

And it can have downsides. 

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