Hello SOTGC community,
As mentioned in a prior post the glass ceiling does still exist against women in the workplace. But. I loved this piece from the Wall Street Journal blog “How Women Can Get Ahead: Advice from Female CEOs“. It was a counter-argument to Jack Welch’s (former head of General Electric) recent caustic commentary to the effect that basically corporate programs promoting diversity, mentorship and affinity groups for women in the workplace merely victimize women and instead, women should be like men and focus purely on results and performance.
I do believe that is rather a glib and paternalistic perspective on gender issues within the corporate structure. Having said that, I enjoyed the comments elicited by the WSJ from 18 women who are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Incidentally, the number of female CEOs in the Fortune 500 is still a paltry 3.6%.
The female CEOS unanimously agreed that women had to focus on performance and external benchmarks in order to advance. But I truly appreciated comments from, for example, Maggie Wilderotter, CEO of Frontier Airlines, who noted that the glass ceiling truly does exist for women but by focusing not only on performance but the ways in which women bring intrinsic talents to their performance, such as their generally better ability to multi-task than men, women can still attain phenomenal success.
Maggie Wilderotter. I salute you
For that, she’s pretty much my hero. She’s saying, yes, the playing field is not all fair yet for women, but don’t let that get you down, focus on things that are within your control such as performance, accountability, and our intrinsically feminine assets.