Everyone is talking about Serena Williams at the US Open this past weekend. After tennis star Serena Williams was penalized a game for arguing with the chair umpire, Williams stated that men have said far worse things than she did without being penalized a full game. People are wondering if Williams were a man standing on the court would there even be an issue? Is there a double standard in sports, business, and in everyday interactions regarding how men and women communicate during unpleasant confrontations?
C-suite exec and business coach Cassandra Shepard has an interesting take as it relates to women in business. Here are the three lessons Shepard says women can learn from Serena Williams at the US Open:
1. Serena had a conviction and she spoke up. Oftentimes women in such situations won’t speak up and won’t defend themselves because they are overly concerned about what other people will think. When you don’t speak up for yourself, it only gets you — and the other women around you — more of the same. It takes courage to use your voice in powerful ways.
- Are confident in who they are.
- Have an inner strength that allows them to dig deep and stay centered when the world is swirling around them.
- To know that business is a marathon, not a sprint—so to be mindful of their own pace.
- To stay encouraged.
- To continue to fight, continue to do what they’re doing.
- Don’t try doing it all alone.