From Polar Winds to Tropical Breezes
Chapter 6: What the Successful Women Said About Professional and Life Experiences: Barriers, Social Support and Mentors
Terri R. Lituchy and Jo Ann Duﬀy What do successful women say about their professional lives or careers? What do they say about their home or family lives? Which of their personal and professional experiences have contributed to their success, and what barriers have they had to overcome? Did they have social support, role models or mentors? I always had people who helped me . . . who gave me advice, who guided me. (Chile) This Chilean woman echoes the responses of the successful women throughout the Americas to the interview question: ‘Have there been others in your life that have contributed substantially to your success?’ The successful women in the Americas were quick to recognize that other people had supported and inﬂuenced their lives. I was supported by a lot of people, the network we develop . . . my parents, who supported me. (Argentina) I believe that it has to be family, husband and friends, people that surround us, the ‘circles’ we set up . . . (USA) Starting in high school people helped me have conﬁdence in myself, and instilled in me knowledge that you can achieve but while achieving you need to have a humble spirit. (USA) In Chapter 5, we looked at personality, management and leadership styles, and views about great leaders. However, there are a number of demographic factors and life experiences that may have a positive or negative inﬂuence on women’s success, such as ethnic background and religion, 114 Barriers, social support and mentors 115 Table 6.1...
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