May 23, 2012
The Double Glass Ceiling
The data is startling: women have been gaining leadership positions at such a slow pace that, at this rate, it could be two centuries before we reach parity in top jobs.
So, what gives?
Cultural anthropologists, including Mary Catherine Bateson, tell Little PINK Book the disconnect isn't just in corporate America. It's also in "how we view ourselves," Bateson says.
“Unconscious mindsets, which are hard and slow to change, create barriers for women,” adds Difference Works author Caroline Turner.
"This limits access to informal networks and imposes yard sticks for excellence that work better for men than women."
A report in McKinsey Quarterly echoes this. "The next frontier is toppling invisible barriers: mindsets widely held by managers, men and women alike, that are rarely acknowledged but block the way."
Luckily, it seems a positive shift is taking place. “Rather than women changing to adapt to the business climate, I see the business climate moving toward a more nurturing, collaborative model that supports the intrinsic strengths of women,” says Visionshare Inc.’s Amy Coulter.
Plus, “Self-image is what determines parameters for success,” says Carol Holm, a financial advisor and author. “Once you decide to program your self-image for success, the positive results come almost effortlessly.”
She explains changing habits, envisioning your desired self-image and attaching positive meaning to events will help.
Bonus PINK Link: Boosting your self-image can help you break barriers. Find out more in our online exclusive.
When you hear “leader,” what woman do you envision? Comment and let us know!
By Christy Rogers
“In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.”
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