Climbing up the corporate ladder in a male-dominated industry and not sure how to survive? The male ego may be tricky to get around but that doesn’t mean you can’t thrive. We ask four of our CLEO Change Makers – all of whom have made headway in male-dominated industries – for some tips on how you can earn the respect of men in your line of work.
“Don’t be intimidated but don’t be too abrasive. Prove yourself not by talking, but through actions.”
“Women should never feel like we’re not important enough. And when we’re able to stop feeling like that, certain perceptions of us will change. Always think ahead and brave past the naysayers.”
“I’d say [the sports industry] is pretty fair in Singapore and that the female athletes can hold their own. I think we just don’t care [if there’s some sort of struggle for] male dominance. We just do what we do to get there.”
“Sometimes, you need to be patient, but other times, you need to be brave. In a male-dominated environment, people aren’t always ready for your opinions, so that’s when you need to be patient. Other times, you need to call out things that are unfair, and that takes a lot of courage. You need to know when to be patient, and when to be brave. If it’s a one-off incident, be patient. If it’s recurring – like, if men are talking over you all the time – that’s when you’ve got to call it out.”