According to Leanne Meyer, most women would rather have a root canal than negotiate for themselves. Yet when men are negotiating, they tend to ask for a full thirty percent more than women do. Meyer is Program Director at the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women, which helps women develop critical leadership skills on all aspects of workplace success. Meyer has spent much of her career coaching women on how to both fit into their work culture and to rise up through it.
In this episode of "Inflection Point," Meyer tells me, “the biggest trick is how do we teach women at any stage to keep knowing what they want and asking for that.” Her work focuses on two main components that inhibit women’s progress in the workplace: the environments at work and school, and the habits of women themselves.
Meyer and I also talk about combatting and leveraging the stereotypes and biases that hold women back and how to change systems and structures that inhibit women’s progress.Embrace your gender ladies — the era of "acting like a man" is behind us.
Some of her suggestions for successful negotiation include being "relentlessly pleasant," and passing the "giggle test." While she acknowledges that what the research shows and what her suggestions include may not line up with a typically feminist view of the world, she says her approach works.
Meyer and I also talk about combatting and leveraging the stereotypes and biases that hold women back and how to change systems and structures that inhibit women’s progress. Embrace your gender ladies — the era of "acting like a man" is behind us.