I am not sure one exists. I do know that there is a shortage of female C level executives. We recently hosted an IFRS update luncheon for CFOs and sent an invitation to every CFO of a publicly traded company in the Boston area and I only came up with 1 female CFO out of 70.
Is it a “glass ceiling” or something else?
I believe it is something else or maybe a combination of these 2 observations...
1) Women tend to approach the professional workforce differently than men. Women are usually more lone fighters in a battle field as where men tend to create alliances through building relationships and networking. Many women tend to view that sort of thing as a waste of time when there is so much to be done. I have seen the “alliance” strategy to be more long term beneficial to a career path. The most successful women that I have interviewed have credited networking and relationships built over time as a large part of their success.
2) So many women are way too insecure about being a woman in the workforce and try to over compensate by being abrasive with their assertiveness. To me the ultimate example of a woman with a demeanor that is assertive, firm, intelligent without being abrasive or arrogant is Invanka Trump. (More on Ivanka's attitude on success.)
Yes, I do watch The Apprentice and there are vivid examples of the good, the bad and the ugly.
Maybe I just see what I want to see but I think women can be their own worst enemy.
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