From being secretaries in offices and teachers in school, women are now CEOs and MDs of some of the biggest companies in the world. Yet, prejudices against women at workplaces are prevalent in almost all cultures. A recent study by KPMG and YSC has busted some common myths about working women. Take a look:
- Women don’t aspire to senior leadership roles.
According to the research, women become more ambitious about senior leadership as their career progresses. This unfortunately is not common because women are written off at workplaces quite early in the careers.
- Women don’t stick it out to make it to the very top.
The truth it seems is that at senior levels, women are more likely to stay around and less likely to miss out on promotion. So what companies need to do is support senior female talent, and advance those at the bottom of the ladder by giving them ample support.
- Childrearing stops women getting to the top.
According to the study childrearing merely slows down the graph of women’s careers. The study further suggests that providing career navigation tools to women in the early stages of their careers would be helpful for them.
- Women don’t get to the top because they lack confidence.
Women usually don’t toot their own horns but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they lack confidence. Most women are aware of their qualities and shortcomings and unlike most men, refrain from overselling themselves.
- Women lack the leadership qualities needed at the top.
The research suggests that he majority of men and women’s leadership behaviour is the same. And if this was in fact true, we would not have women like Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chanda Kochhar, Indra Nooyi and Christine Lagarde in the world.
ORIGINAL SOURCE: KPMG and YSC
[Feature Picture Courtesy: GirlHardlyWorking]