Women, Business and Leadership
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Women, Business and Leadership

Gender and Organisations

Edited by Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou, Cary Cooper and Caroline Gatrell

This timely and comprehensive book analyses the role of women in leadership from both managerial and socio-emotional perspectives. The authors review the issues that affect real women in business and evaluate what can be done to support and develop women managers. Chapters explore topics such as the stereotyping of leading women, gender equality and discrimination, the glass ceiling and barriers to promotion, the work/home conflict, the gender pay gap and job insecurity, female authority and career development.
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Chapter 2: Women in management and on corporate boards of directors: accelerating progress

Ronald J. Burke


This chapter reviews initiatives for increasing the numbers of women in senior management and on corporate boards of directors. It begins by listing the benefits to women, men, and organizations from these efforts. This is followed by an analysis of barriers that managerial women face. Fixing organizational cultures instead of fixing women is emphasized; women are as ambitions as are men. Initiatives that are considered include the use of developmental job experiences; creating mentor and sponsorship programs; individual coaching; supporting the creation of women’s networks tied to achieving important organizational performance objectives; work–life balance and workplace flexibility possibilities; maternity coaching to support return to work; addressing bias, discrimination, and pay inequities; and involving men in leadership roles in culture change efforts. This chapter recommends undertaking workplace culture audits to identify challenges women face, setting goals for change and evaluating progress, and making gender balance a central item on the organizational agenda of the executive committee and communicating these goals to all staff.

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