Nine steps to senior management for women
Although girls outperform boys at school, women are underrepresented at the top of most organisations. At the age of around 30, when career-shaping events happen, many women choose to start a family. Once you step off the fast track, it's very difficult to get back on.
- Actively looking for challenging assignments and being prepared to take a risk with a new role even if it initially looks daunting
- Building a strong network of contacts – many of the interviewees stayed in touch with former bosses and colleagues – to allow women to identify opportunities and find advocates for herself and her work
- Developing a curiosity for different parts of an organisation and being prepared to try new things. A breadth of different experiences provides a strong foundation for a later move to senior management roles
- Contemplating their overall career goals and being aware of what roles and projects will provide them with the necessary skills, knowledge and contacts to achieve their ultimate ambition. Be aware that some roles (such as international assignments or operational roles) may be more difficult to combine with caring for children or elderly relatives. It’s worth trying to undertake these assignments early.
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Dr Ines Wichert is an Occupational Psychologist and a managing director at TalUpp, the leadership development consultancy. She works with organisations and individuals to develop talent and build high-performance teams. Her new book Accelerated Leadership Development – How to Turn your Top Talent into Leaders (Kogan Page) is out now.