As women, we often learn—through experience or by others—that we need to temper our expectations. There is a certain flow to things, a set of experiences and a series of tests to pass before we’re qualified enough to reach the top. In the corporate world, we know it as the ladder: a row of rungs you must step up before you can reach your peak.
In addition to all these rules about how to get to the top, it can feel like you have a whole new set of expectations to meet once you get there. You have to think about how to act, what to say (or not to say), and when to assert yourself.