Research shows that men tend to talk more in meetings, while women are interrupted more, given less credit for their ideas, and have less overall influence.
This starts in school, where girls get less airtime and are interrupted more, even by the most well-intentioned teachers. If you watch men and women at the same level, you will notice that more of the men sit in the front and centre seats, while women tend to gravitate toward the end of the table and edge of the room—away from positions that convey status.
These are just a few examples of how voices may go unheard or unexpressed. Other examples may stem from a person’s cultural background or his or her understanding of authority structures. When you know what holds your team from fully expressing themselves, you can help them to reach their full potential.