Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:45

Women in The work place

BY SYLVIA ANN HEWLETT

New research from the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) suggests the biggest roadblock may be the perception that the burdens of leadership far outweigh the benefits--a perception shared by 60 percent of U.S. women and 65 percent of U.K. women between the ages of 35 and 50. Although societal norms have shifted as more women assume positions of power, few stories extol their sense of fulfillment, intellectual excitement and sheer joy inherent in having the top job. Instead, the prevalent narrative is still one of sacrifice: the toll career ambitions take on one's personal life.

The result: Too many women step off the fast track because they see an executive role delivering a hefty salary but little else that they value.

The fact is, CTI's study shows that rather than a limitation, power is actually a plus for women. It can enhance both their professional and personal lives. A closer look at what mid-career women (ages 35 to 50) want from their careers exposes their misunderstanding of power and illuminates the benefits it can bring. They want the following:

Women want to flourish. However,the majority of women without power--82 percent of women in the U.S. and 78 percent in the U.K.--believe that an executive position would not allow them to flourish. This assumption is incorrect as 58 percent of women with power in the U.S. and 36 percent in the U.K. report having the ability to flourish.

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