Female senior managers
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Many of us have heard success stories, as well as, horror stories about female managers. Some employees prefer the sensitivity, compassion, and understanding of a female boss. On the other hand, others find that female managers can be fussy, unrealistic, insecure and exhibit moods that swing like a pendulum at any given moment. It just depends on the individual and their experiences.
One fact is globally consistent, though. More women are preparing themselves for managerial and leadership roles and more of them are working hard to attain these goals. According to Catalyst.org, approximately, 24% of women held senior management roles globally in 2013. When we talk about senior management, I am referring to positions such as CIO (Chief Information Officer), CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and CFO (Chief Financial Officer).
China held the top spot for the most females in senior management positions followed by Poland, the Philippines and Thailand. Japan and the Netherlands had the fewest and the U.S. was also near the bottom. In translation, women have more work to do to shatter the glass ceilings in business and to diversify business, not only in the U.S., but also on a worldwide scale. The U.S. has made a few strides in recent years with more Fortune 5000 companies hiring female execs and CEO’s, but there is still much work to be done. However, it is important to note that companies are beginning to realize the talents of women and the value they bring to the business world. Research shows that the biggest barrier to women’s advancement in this area is the stereotypes and the misconceptions about their roles and their abilities. And the women, who have been successful in securing these top spots, did so while managing personal responsibilities such as marriage and having children.
However, we all have a role to play in this. More strides can be and will be made when we open our minds to embrace the fact that diverse teams are the BEST teams. And each team member brings something valuable to the table to ensure the success of the organization. Success comes with risk. When we are willing to risk something…is when we will find our success! PM