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Leadership development of women executives

Published on March 4, 2014 Reviewed on July 31, 2016   38 min
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Hello, and welcome to this talk on Leadership Development of Women Executives. My name is Monique Valcour, and I am Professor of Management at EDHEC Business School in Nice, France.
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Here's what we'll cover in this talk. First of all, why is a focus on women's leadership development important? What is the business case that we can use to help get people on board and embrace the importance of fostering women's leadership development within companies? Second, what do we know from research about the careers of women leaders? What sorts of barriers do they face that make their careers more challenging than those of men? Third, what strategies and solutions can we implement both for individual women who are looking to advance to positions of senior leadership and for promoting gender equity and broad-based female leadership development within companies?
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Why do we need to focus on women's leadership development? Well, does this sound familiar to you? "Just give it time; not yet, but soon; when women get the right education, the right training, the right work experience, and the right aspirations to succeed at the highest levels of business, then we'll see parity." That comment was made in a report from Catalyst. And what the report reveals is that, at this stage, women are entering business education, university education, and the entry level of managerial careers at rates equivalent to or even superior to those of men. At this point in time, based upon historical movement of women into managerial careers at the entry level, we should have seen a higher proportion of senior level managers being women. So clearly, there are some barriers that continue to exist that require a concentrated focus on both developing women and on increasing gender equity within corporations.