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Successful women ‘take charge’ of career, report says

Friday, January 18, 2013  
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Female executives can have career success and a meaningful life, if they take greater charge of each, according to a report by the International Consortium of Executive Development Research.

The most successful women executives take time to explore who they are and what they want, own the path they choose and repay the support they’ve received, according to "Taking Charge:  A Roadmap for a Successful Career and a Meaningful Life for High Potential Corporate Women Leaders.”

The report, in which 60 top women executives offer their stories, insights and experiences, reveals the most successful women play to their strengths, lead with an authentic style and know their personal definition of success. They are proactive and are not afraid to take risks or responsibility for their career and personal choices and are deeply invested in the success of others and replay them with support and opportunity.

Fundamentally, these women want to make a difference, noted Lauren Ready, director of talent management initiatives at ICEDR and the author of the special report. "The women we spoke with take a proactive and strategic approach towards their careers and personal lives,” Ready said. "Although it is necessary for companies to put the right practices in place to advance women, the women executives we interviewed shared a valuable lesson for young women: Take charge. The responsibility ultimately rests on next-generation women leaders to take charge and build a work and personal life that is meaningful to them.”

The 60 women executives who participated in the study came from 20 organizations in 19 countries, ranging in age from late 20s to early 60s.

Download "Taking Charge" report

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