Women in Leadership

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Handout for women in leadership

Women often take the lead and initiate change in their own local communities; yet they continue to remain under-represented in many areas of leadership and decision-making

In recent decades, women in developed economies have made substantial gains in the workplace. However, women continue to be under-represented in senior positions, with women as chief executive officers a rarity. Compared with New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, the United States of America and South Africa, Australia fares worst in the proportion of women in senior positions

The lack of women in leadership positions means that organizations are missing out on an important and measurable competitive advantage. Recent research studies show a strong positive correlation between a critical mass of women leaders and outstanding business performance.

From the report “The Caliper(2005) “,study findings are summarized into four specific statements about women's leadership qualities: 1. Women leaders are more persuasive than their male counterparts. 2. When feeling the sting of rejection, women leaders learn from adversity and carry on with an "I'll show you" attitude. 3. Women leaders demonstrate an inclusive, team-building leadership style of problem solving and decision making. 4. Women leaders are more likely to ignore rules and take risks.

The first five women leadership in FT Top 50 women in world business (Financial Times Magazine) 1st Indra Nooyi (Pepsi Co) Indian
2nd Andrea Jung (Avon Products) Canadian
3rd Anne Lauvergeon (Areva) French
4th Irene Rosenfeld (Kraft Foods) American
5th Güler Sabanci (Sabanci Group) Tukish

Feminism and ideology
Division of labour based on gender – men’s jobs & women’s job * (In most cases)men’s jobs bring higher rewards, in terms of status, prestige, power and pay, even when men and women have the same jobs * There is a system of social inequality which benefits men at the expense of women. This system tends to permeate the whole of society, not simply limited to occupational roles. It may be reflected: * In religious beliefs (which see men as superior to women) * In marriage vows (which state that the duty of a wife is to serve her husband) * In Education system (if parents support their sons at the expense of their daughters.) * In family life (if boys and girls are socialized to expect and accept male dominance. Patriarchal ideology example

* A woman’s place is in the home
* Men should be head of family
* Women should be primarily responsible for housework and childcare * Part-time employment is suitable for women because of their domestic responsibilities. Many feminist believe these make male domination appear normal and natural and obscure women’s position as second-class citizens, both at home and in the workplace. Business driver

How Business drivers impact Women’s leadership opportunity? Measure, Analysis, Monitor
Commitment from Executive Management
Business driver?
Business drivers are the people, information, and tasks that support the fulfillment of a business objective. They lead the company trying to get it away from pitfalls and turn unforeseen mistakes into good lessons for future success and sustainability. Education factors

In rugulary, highly education their can get high job position. And company would like taking smart people for help their business.

For economic
Individuals have a statutory right to request flexible work arrangements if they are working parents with children 17 or younger or disabled children 18 or younger, or those caring for another family member.31 Employers must consider all requests and respond in writing While pregnant, women have the right to paid time off for antenatal care and protection against unfair treatment or dismissal.

1. Pregnant employees must not be subject to working in a risky environment or being exposed to toxic substances; employers...
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