Do Women Need to Take More Risks to Enhance Their Career Prospects?

women are from venusThere’s scientific evidence that women are from Venus and men are from Mars. Women have different approaches to risk and assessing probabilities.

They are less aggressive, more long-term in their thinking. These points and several others were made at a Sherwood Coaching Lunch by Vincent Walsh, Professor of Human Brain Research at UCL.

In their jobs, women are less likely to apply for promotions if they sense they might not be fully qualified. Women take rejection and setbacks more personally.

There are implications for women written up by my colleagues, Ann Collier and Sally Woodward at

There are clearly implications for those supervising women, to challenge any limiting beliefs and be more supportive of career-enhancing developments.

Photo: National Geographic


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