Wednesday, April 19, 2017

One possible reason for the reality that most CEOs are men is that all men in leadership positions are sexist. According to "when deciding who to promote into management, male corporate leaders tend to select people as much like themselves as possible - so it is no surprise that women are frequently not even considered at promotion time. Instead, the men at the top look to former colleagues and old school ties" (Feminist Majority Foundation, 2014). This supports the possible reality that all men in leadership positions are sexist because the FMF says that men promote people only who are most like themselves which almost always excludes women.

A possible explanation for why men are not to blame for women's lack of corporate success is some women simply make different decisions and are not as ambitious in getting promoted. According to Penny De Valk, ILM chief executive, and " The poll of 3,000 members of the Institute of Leadership and Management revealed that women managers have lower levels of ambition and confidence than their male counterparts...Women managers tend to lack self-belief and confidence at work compared with men" (De Valk, This can explain why less women are in CEOs because some choose other paths and others are just not willing to fight to the top. It may mean that the reason women are not CEOs is because of themselves not sexist men.

Personally, I do not think men are to blame for the glass ceiling or women not commonly being CEOs. I think it all comes down to personal choices and what is important to people. I simply believe different things are more important to women like relationships, a healthy marriage, and spending time with their children. According to Huffington Post and a member of the National Association of Professional Women  " I realized during the five years in my current role, work-life (managing multiple projects, balancing family, etc.) disallowed me to advance my skills in pursuing professional development opportunities either internally or externally to the organization. was so consumed with working to meet deadlines, managing projects, and rushing out the door to tend to family (nothing wrong with that), I did not strategically network to build relationships in the workplace which would have ultimately given me the visibility required to get to the next level" (Shanna B. Van Ness, Huffington Post). This supports my belief that it is just choices each individual makes because women often make choices that make moving up the corporate ladder come second.

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