The Importance Of Community: Research Suggests Women Who Have A Strong Friend Circle Are More Likely To Land Executive Positions And Earn Higher Pay

Delmaine Donson/ - - illustrative purposes only, not the actual people

When it comes to career advancement, who you know matters just as much as what you know. The right connections can help you obtain opportunities and reach your goals more smoothly and quickly.

That’s why the act of social networking is constantly stressed among young professionals. Networking is crucial to success. However, there is a difference between the networking approaches of men and women.

According to a study from the Harvard Business Review, men who get better job opportunities are central in their network, or in other words, they are connected to numerous people across multiple different groups with lots of contacts.

Women also benefited from being central in their network, but that is usually not enough to launch them into the same high-level positions as men, even with similar qualifications.

A literary club called “Women Who Get It” (@womenwhogetit) shared a clip on TikTok about how women with a tight-knit community of female friends are more likely to land positions of executive leadership with higher pay.

Written on the text overlay of the video are the words, “Never underestimate the power of a group text with your girlfriends or being part of a larger community. Having a place to commiserate and support other women can enrich your life on all fronts.”

This idea is also supported by the published study from Harvard Business Review. Researchers found that a key ingredient to a woman’s success in the workplace is a solid inner circle of close female contacts.

What works for men does not necessarily work for women. It is not essential for men to have a close group of male friends in order to land a leadership position.

“While men had inner circles in their networks too—contacts that they communicated with most—we found that the gender composition of males’ inner circles was not related to job placement,” stated the Harvard Business Review.

Delmaine Donson/ – – illustrative purposes only, not the actual people

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