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Not Many Women Are Rising to the Top. Women Executives Seize the Day to Change That.

Not Many Women Are Rising to the Top. Women Executives Seize the Day to Change That. | Change Leadership Watch |

New research show how these top executives have taken charge of their careers.


It’s the responsibility of management to tackle gender diversity..[and]… evidence suggests that our leaders aren’t doing a very good job of it, at least not yet.


[T]here’s no reason for an ambitious woman to sit on the sidelines and wait for her boss to get with the program. 



Women still represent less than 5% of CEOs around the globe, and they remain seriously underrepresented in other top management positions and on executive boards.


[T]here’s no reason for an ambitious woman to sit on the sidelines and wait for her boss to get with the program.  … Lauren Ready concluded [this] from a study she did here at the International Consortium for Executive Development Research, in which she interviewed 60 top female executives from around the world to learn how they rose to the top.


For one, these executives take the time to explore what they want out of work and life [photo, chart.]

One byproduct…they pay special attention to how they might fit within a company’s culture.


This finding is consistent with research from Harvard professor Boris Groysberg, who’s found that while the performance of male stars falters when they switch companies, women continue to excel, in part because they’ve done their homework when it comes to fit.


The women in Ready’s study also understand the limits of fit. They aren’t “one of the guys” and they don’t try to be.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's still a man's world in the executive ranks, even in the college town where I live, the land of start-ups, women sparsely populate the fast growing, entrepreneurial executive ranks.  

It is also good to reach that the qualities listed in Ready's research among high-achieving women includes the urge to bring other women along with them.   It's a way ambitious women can "lean it" with a little help from her friends in high places, for the savvy reason that the executives "view [it] as a way to raise their companies’ market value, by boosting the presence of women in senior roles and in boardrooms."  

This brings hope that leadership will someday represent the world, rather than tradition and history in the leadership ranks.  ~  D 

Keaton Toscano's curator insight, April 14, 2014 1:02 AM

There is sexism in the workplace, and I'll do my best to keep it out of my future classroom. I think that feminism has the potential to be taken overboard, by way of radicals, and that a 'humanism' is a better approach. Equality is obviously better than some of the superiority complexes associated with oppression ideologies gone awry; something I hope doesn't happen to feminism in the coming years as we combat this women-don't-riseto-the-top trend.

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How Rejection Can Inspire Great Movements: The Story Of MAKERS

How Rejection Can Inspire Great Movements: The Story Of MAKERS | Change Leadership Watch |

"You can’t tell the story of the women’s movement through one person," Gloria Steinhem.

Veteran documentary producer Dyllan McGee has worked on more than a dozen films for PBS and HBO, but MAKERS is unlike anything she’s ever created.

First of its kind...the entire idea was born out rejection.

What came out of that first roadblock flipped the script ...

MAKERS evolved into a “digital first” online platform for archiving dozens of interviews with feminist trailblazers, an approach that the Washington Post called a “sweeping documentary covering 50 years of feminism, pro and con, from the days when highly educated women were expected to live happily ever after as wives and mothers.”

Interview subjects include well-known women leaders like Condoleezza RiceSheryl Sandberg, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg alongside lesser-known women with powerful stories like Brenda Berkman, the first NYC firefighter, and Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston marathon.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

MAKERS is a powerful documentary and series.  I've posted one of my own "rejection" stories (Entre-Slam) that made a big difference in my career and launched my work as a consultant back in the 80's.  

MAKERS is about listening to a persistent inner voice and turning points, as well as "resistance as a resource."  ~ Deb

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