Women and the labyrinth of leadership
Even with the current developments such as the struggle to foster gender equality still there is a problem regarding women and employment majorly the top positions. In the united states the most successful 500 also known as ‘fortune 500’companies roles of chief executive officer, president or board chairman of the of the company or the board chairman only 6% of such positions are held by women. The situation is not different in the European Union where the 50 largest publicly traded companies only 2% of the top positions are held by women statistics also show that of the global 500 companies in the role of CEO only 1% of the positions are held by women. Now, the reasons for this situation are attributed to the following.
The idea of a ‘glass ceiling’ has been used to describe the fact that, in organizations women can rise to a certain point but the it seems as if an invisible barrier prevents them from rising any further which is referred to as a labyrinth that is complex and challenging with walls that hold women back (Alice et al, 2007). However this idea is wrong since in recent times we have had women in top positions as governors, chief executives and even university heads.
Another reason as explained by Alice et al (2007) is because there is also a wide resistance to women holding leadership position; this is because many people see men to have better leadership traits compared to women. Another issue causing problems to woman having leadership is in as to what a woman’s responsibility towards family. Women also have limited time to have access to their professional peers and other sources of information concerning their careers. However it is only a matter of time and women will finally gain their position in societal leadership
Alice H. Eagly and Linda L. Carli, (2007, August 27). Women and the labyrinth of leadership.
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