Although the idea of increasing the number of women in leadership roles is an increasingly hot topic of discussion, it is in no way a new concept. A number of women across the world have made a huge impact with their great leadership skills. Historically, women some of the world’s most famous leaders were women, such as Cleopatra, Eleanor Roosevelt, Catherine the Great, and Queen Victoria, all of whom stood out with their strong leadership skills and determination. [i]
These women were not just natural born leaders. If you delve deeper into each of these women’s lives, it is likely that they have extremely similar tendencies, beliefs, and actions. It is important to be able to identify these behaviors and patterns in order to help elevate women in leadership going forward. In order to create future leaders based on these distinctions, it is imperative that we understand how these women become great leaders. Once we discover what makes up a strong female leader, we are able to replicate these behaviors and trends in order to make space for women to rise alongside men within their organizations.
In order to understand how you can help elevate women in the professional world, it’s important to know the background of the situation. Here are some statistics to give you an idea of where women stand in the professional world:
According to the ‘Women’s Leadership Gap’ report by The Center for American Progress[ii]:
- Women earn 60% of undergraduate degrees and 60% of all master’s degrees in the US
- Women comprise only 25% of executive and senior-level officials and managers
- Women hold barely 20% of board seats in Fortune 500 companies
- Only 6% of women are CEOs
Additionally, in a separate study done by Lee Hecht Harrison[ii]:
- 82% of organizations believe advancing women is a critical business issue
- Only 28% of HR leaders are satisfied with their organization’s ability to advance women
According to this same study by Lee Hecht Harrison, the issue with this group of statistics lies in the gap between the agreement that advancing women is important and the lack of initiative to actually advance women in leadership. (2) It is time that we take the leap and truly push for progress.
TTA will also be attending the Brandon Hall Women in Leadership Summit to support the drive to elevate women into more leadership roles.
Stay tuned to learn about the behaviors of women in leadership and the importance of creating a gender inclusive corporate culture! Visit our WBENC page to see how TTA being women-owned can help your business.