Through the Labyrinth: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Women as Leaders

The talk will address two questions: Why have women gained more access to powerful leadership positions? Why do men continue to have far more access than women do? The glass ceiling metaphor is no longer helpful in framing answers to these questions. The impediments that women encounter do not consist of an absolute barrier at a specific high level. Instead, research reveals a mixed picture for women as leaders. Despite growing acceptance of women in leadership roles, some skepticism remains, especially in relation to male-dominated roles. Organizational norms and culture also present challenges to women. Given such considerations,labyrinth provides an apt metaphor for the challenges that women leaders encounter. Successful travel through a labyrinth requires persistence and careful analysis of the puzzles that lie ahead. Routes to success exist but present twists and turns, both expected and unexpected.

Fee: No

Contact Information:
Retta Holdorf
Marketing & Policy Studies
rmh2@case.edu
Phone: 216/368-2144
Fax: 216/368-4785

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Thursday, March 27, 2008 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: Information Systems, Marketing & Policy Studies, Organizational Behavior

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