Myth 5: Women lack the leadership qualities needed at the top
Reality: A 360 feedback survey on leadership behavior shows that men’s and women’s leadership is experienced broadly the same way. The researchers did find, however, that men’s leadership strengths (like analytical thinking and commercial acumen) may be disproportionately rewarded by most companies.
Myth 6: Senior women leaders don’t help women below them in their respective firms
Reality: A majority of women business leaders tap into their networks to source a gender diverse group of potential hires for roles in their business. While some senior women may not see themselves as the best fit to sponsor other women in their firms, a majority showed an interest in mentoring other women lower down the pipelines.
Myth 7: Formal flexible working arrangements ease women’s path to the top
Reality: Women indicated that formal flexible working arrangements (like working from home, telecommuting and compressed hours) were not significant factors in their career planning. Instead, women expressed that informal arrangements with their managers based on mutual trust were more important to their ability to be successful.