We as women may need to sometimes act confident even if we are not. The more often you act, the more you actually find the strength to express what needs to be expressed. So it gets better with practice.
Every time I got promoted, I had this real urge to explain to the person who was actually giving me the new role the ways I didn’t qualify. It’s even beyond that. I am on boards. I have had a long career. How often do I find myself in a situation in which I am not 100 percent confident? It’s this inclination to apologize before you actually state your opinion.
I remember a long time ago, Jimmy Lee Jr. (former vice chairman at JPMorgan Chase) at the end of a board meeting telling me, “Dina, you stood there and gave a great presentation as the chief financial officer. You apologized for being the one coming at it from another angle. Why would you do that?”
So now I do realize. How do you sit on a Microsoft board, in front of Bill Gates, and you actually have a question or skepticism about some technology choices they have made? How do you ask the question?
You just ask the question. Learning to do that is a very important element of growing up professionally. You get the courage to do the first step, and you go for the step that comes after that.
For more thoughts on this topic, see the video featuring Dina and Pattie Sellers, Partner, SellersEaston Media.
Dina Dublon, Accenture Board of Directors, and former Chief Financial Officer of JPMorgan Chase, was named “Woman of the Year” by the Financial Women’s Association. Fortune magazine named her “One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for five consecutive years.
VIEW MORE OF DINA’S VIDEOS: