Often times, we focus our attention on the need for women to lean in and make their presence known in the workplace. While speaking up and leaning in are almost always good things, sometimes, we should shut up and listen.
If you’re new to the office or new to a team of coworkers, it is better to listen, take advice, and learn as much as you can about your new role. Likewise, if you’re relatively green and inexperienced, it is also a good idea to try to learn by listening before being vocal about an area you don’t have much experience in. Sure, you may have some bright ideas or criticisms but, when you are brand spanking new or inexperienced, you should keep the criticisms to yourself. After you become acclimated and you are no longer considered the “newbie,” you should speak up and voice your ideas, in the proper manner of course.