What are the 6 Biggest Challenges Women Leaders Face Featured Image

Sexual harassment

More work, less pay

And the problem remains just as severe as we climb up the managerial ladder.
And the problem remains just as severe as we climb up the managerial ladder.

Pregnancy discrimination

50,000 women lose their job each year over maternity discrimination
50,000 women lose their job each year over maternity discrimination

Lack of balance between family and professional life

Lack of balance between family and professional life
Lack of balance between family and professional life

Lack of professional role models

Lack of professional role models
Lack of professional role models

Interpersonal issues

  • Alpha behavior — Although today we are talking about the isolated examples, the alpha culture has been strongly reinforced in the business world and its legacy is still hard to root out. Because of that, there are quite a few male employees who have a problem when it comes to receiving orders from a strong woman. Taking strong, uncompromising stance while using assertive techniques (e.g. “I think” or “I understand”) can go a long way in dealing with such behavior.
  • Power plays — When we are talking about the corporate culture, we can always find a lot of examples of a powerful man trying to enforce their will on female colleagues through aggressiveness and power play. Some ways of dealing with this sort of workplace politics is sticking to personal goals, building personal circles of influence, and publicly exposing all aggressive statements and practices.
  • Gossip — Last but not least, women have always been more exposed to gossip than their male colleagues. If anything, in this case, unfounded rumors can much bigger career-ending consequences. Because of this, companies should enforce zero-gossip policies and take proactive steps in protecting their employees from this poisonous behavior.

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