January 27, 2017

Any good leaders in here? Credit: Alexis Lewis / Flickr Creative Commons

Bad managers. We’ve all had one. And professor Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic says that they usually have one thing in common: self-regard. He argues that we’re often duped into mistaking over-confidence for ability. But they’re not the same thing. And the kicker? That confusion might be one of the reasons we have fewer women in leadership positions.

Three Takeaways:

  • We tend to value the wrong qualities in politicians and leaders - to our detriment. Chamorro-Premuzic explains that traits like charisma and appearance “don’t say anything about your ability to run a country or a state.”
  • You need a complete picture of yourself in order to judge overconfidence, Chamorro-Premuzic says. So don’t just rate your own attributes: collect feedback from others, as well. “Once you do that you can see how these individual differences in either overestimates or underestimates relate to real world indicators of success.”
  • Men often give themselves too much credit compared with women, Chamorro-Premuzic notes: “At the level of competence or actual talents, (there are) no significant sex differences or many differences favoring women. But, when you actually look at self-estimates of these abilities - or confidence - you find that men systematically overestimate their abilities compared to women.”

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Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Culture, politics, Kara Miller

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