Leadership and People Management

Career inhibitors and career enablers for executive women

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This paper is intended to contribute to the study of career inhibitors and career enablers for women. The analysis is based on data obtained from a survey conducted by the International Center of Work and Family at IESE Business School. The main conclusions of the analysis are: - Women have readier access to general management posts in small companies. - The feeling of working a "double work day" is widespread among women managers, especially in large companies. - Lack of sympathy on the part of colleagues and superiors when women give priority to their family responsibilities undermines women managers' satisfaction with their professional life. - The main career inhibitor is corporate culture (the "glass ceiling"). - The importance that executive women ascribe to career inhibitors decreases with age and professional rank. - The average woman manager's main support is her husband, who in most cases is also a manager. - The principal career enablers are: motivation, training, mental strength and value system.
Bibliographic citation: Chinchilla, Nuria; León, Consuelo; Torres E.; Canela, Miguel Ángel, "Career inhibitors and career enablers for executive women", IESE, DI-632-E, 05/2006
Date: 05/2006
Author(s): Chinchilla, Nuria; León, Consuelo; Torres E.; Canela, Miguel Ángel
Document type: Working Paper
Editor(s): ICWF - Centro Internacional Trabajo y Familia
Languages: Spanish / English