The Role Of Women 's Leadership Program

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Some high-performing women who are evaluated as competent managers may also fail the likeability test, whereas likeability and competence seem to go hand-in-hand for their male counterparts. These women may receive high marks for task related items such as acting decisively and making difficult decisions in the face of adversity, but low ratings on relational tasks such as taking into account another’s viewpoint or using feedback to learn from one’s mistakes. Ibarra, Ely, and Kolb (2013) also stated, “when they are grounded in candid assessments of the cultural, organizational, and individual factors shaping them, women can construct coherent narratives about who they are and who they want to become” (p. 5). By creating a safe setting…show more content…
Contrary to this, if one fails to receive validation for leadership attempts diminishes, so does self-confidence and the motivation to seek out other opportunities or to experiment, and take on new leadership roles (Day et al., 2009) thus weakening one’s self-identity as a leader (DeRue & Ashford, 2010). Now if you are a woman and predisposed to being viewed as “the weaker sex”, one more emotional, passive, and lacking ambition, must you redouble your efforts in order to get past these biases? Can you actually pass through that glass ceiling to reach the potential that male counterparts seem effortlessly able to reach through the same or lesser effort? Women are thought to be communal—friendly, unselfish, care taking—and thus lacking in the qualities required for success in leadership roles (Heilman et al., 1989). These characteristics place women in a double blind and subject them to a double standard. There are few role models for women, especially women of color who need the social support for learning how to credibly claim a leader identity. When there are few role models for younger women and women of color, it is difficult for those who aspire to leadership to learn the styles and self-confidence they need to succeed. In the case of women of color, they cite the lack of company role models of the same race or ethnicity as barriers to advancement. Women also receive less forgiveness when it comes to
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