professional networks and self-confidence help women advance in their careers,
Neena Shukla writes for Virginia Business.
is a senior assurance manager and government contracting niche leader at PBMares, an accounting and business
explains that while "men and women both possess key leadership traits such
as intelligence and capacity for innovation ... women seeking to climb to the highest levels
of business often face a double standard where they have to do more than their
male counterparts to prove themselves."
The real reasons fewer women make it to the C-suite
overcome those barriers, women need "confidence and connections,"
Shukla says. She argues that companies must do more to help boost women's
confidence and to discuss early on with women how they can achieve leadership
roles. Women also need role models whom they can aspire to be like and who
encourage them to aim higher.
women leaders we have to give them the confidence back and tell them you can do
this and as a company, we are here to help you," says Lynne Doughtie,
chair and CEO of KPMG.
Hewson, Lockheed Martin's first
female CEO, says never turning down a promotion helped her climb the career
ladder. "I always did something I was a little not ready to do,"
Hewson says. "I think that's how you grow."
concludes, "The key traits are clear: confidence, passion and determination" (Shukla, Virginia Business, 3/8).
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