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“Women, Leadership, and Current Challenges to Organizational Innovation”

by on January 19, 2010

Great strides of progress have been made in the last 50 years, and even within the last 20 years, for brining about positive change for women working within the ranks of traditional Western for-profit and non-profit corporations. The changing landscape in organizations and companies, how women are perceived and are treated in the corporate world, has been a scene where women have faced down a variety of barriers and thrived.

Nevertheless, organizations and their managers must not assume that the work is done for changing past organizational environments where inequalities ran rampant and limitations were placed on women solely because of their gender. In viewing the present and envisioning the future, one must take into consideration how brining equality and balance is a continuous process, not to be trivialized into tasks that bring about immediate desired results.

Therefore, it is of crucial importance that organizations and their managers face head on the problems and challenges still facing women today. The following examines some of the more critical barriers and issues, and what is being proposed and done to address the latest emerging challenges for women in leadership roles.

Specifically, the problems facing women in leadership positions are the  “Established Organizational Expectations”, the “Broken Glass-Ceiling Myth”, and errors through organizational “Misconceptions and Misperceptions”.

The solution approaches examined are “Finding Balance and Flexibility”, “Building Solidarity”, and “Encouraging Organizational Change in Expectations”.


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