'Why don’t more women leaders help other women?'
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Posted by: Barbara Francella
By Trudy Bourgeois
Women promoted to executive roles at my company seem to do little
to sponsor other women. Why is that?
The answer to that question is simple (and sad): Because there are
so few females at the top today, many women see other women as competition.
"The crab syndrome” is alive and well among women business
leaders. The crab syndrome in this case is when women don't let others out of
the bucket, but pull them down instead. It's a mindset
of scarcity vs. abundance.
But it's in the best interest of women leaders to extend a hand
back. It is a leader's
responsibility to develop their talent pipeline. They must serve as sponsors
and mentors and they must share their knowledge. The future of every female
leader is dependent on her ability to develop other leaders.
It's important that women executives remember
that someone else helped them get where they are. Other women
sacrificed so much to create the opportunities they enjoy today.
Sometimes we are our own greatest enemies. That's up to us to
correct. Are you using your voice to challenge your organization to advance
more women? If you'd like to learn more on this topic, read my blog on The Huffington Post.
Trudy Bourgeois is happy to answer your career questions. Please email them to
NEW Communications Manager Barbara Grondin Francella.
Trudy Bourgeois is founder and CEO of The
Center for Workforce Excellence and NEW
Executive Leaders Forum conference designer.
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