We have all heard the striking statistics regarding women in leadership roles – if you haven’t, here are just a few:
- only 14.6 percent of executive officers are women
- 8.1 percent of top earners are women
- 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women
Why are there so few women rising to the top of organizational leadership? Sheryl Sandberg’s video “why there are too few women leaders” points out some of the gender biases that women are up against and gives advice on how to lean into those challenges. We all learned in last week’s Friday Fuel that likeability and success are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women – so how do we shatter the glass ceiling and climb the career ladder in our respective field? We could get bogged down by gender expectations, wanting to be liked and anything else working against us OR we can dig in and take personal control of how we each approach work, life and relationships. Here is an article with one women’s perspective on what qualities female leaders need to possess to break through the glass ceiling.
“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran
CHUMLEE! Love that face!
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