- Mary Foley
3 Short Reasons Why Height Has Nothing to Do with Confidence and Respect
Have you ever felt your height (or lack thereof) has hindered your confidence or respect?
Like this accomplished business woman who asked at a live event I hosted:
“I’m the only female on a senior team. I’m barely 5 feet tall with heels. And I often feel that my value is being dismissed. I can’t suddenly become six inches taller! What can I do to feel more confident and be more respected?”
Feel You’re Being Dismissed Because You’re Short?
I get it. Being only 5 feet, 2 inches tall myself, it’s easy to feel height-challenged (AKA down right short!). This particularly started to bother me as I was on the brink of the next big career jump.
After 10 years and four promotions in my corporate career, I was ready for more and trying to make it happen. I was started to think being short wasn’t helping.
Then, one day I was lamenting these feelings to a trusted, female colleague who was dozen years older and much wiser.