Research shows that communication styles are relatively different for men and women. This is because using language is a learned social behaviour: How we talk and listen are influenced by our experience. We learn ways of speaking as children growing up, especially from peers.
Although both girls and boys find ways of creating rapport and negotiating status, girls focus on the rapport-dimension of relationships, whereas boys focus on the status-dimension.
The lessons learned in childhood carry over into the workplace. Research found that male and female workers exhibit different conversational patterns in a range of areas including getting credit, confidence and boasting, asking questions, apologies, feedback, compliments, ritual opposition, managing up and down, and indirectness.
- Getting Credit. Whatever the motivation, women are less likely than men to have learned to blow their own horn. And they are more likely than men to believe that if they do so, they won't be (...) Read more? Sign up for free