6 Questions If You Want To See Women Break Through The Glass Ceiling

"A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult."

- Melinda Gates

By James Mills, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

In terms of 600 of the biggest corporations in the world, presently there are just 29 women who hold the role of CEO (6 of the FTSE 100 and 23 of the S&P 500). We also see that around 10% of global nations have female leaders in charge, and a similar proportion of the world's billionaires are women.

How do you feel about this reality?

If you feel that we ought to have more female leaders in the world and would like to be involved in the solution, (whether you are male or female), then here are 6 questions that may enable you to increase your understanding about what is preventing more women from reaching the top roles ... and indeed what can be done to address this.


1. Who are the female leaders (past and present) who you most admire and why?

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2. What do you feel prevents women from securing the most senior leadership roles?

Gender-bias of those making appointmentsA lack of the right skills, knowledge and experienceNot having the right networkLack of mentorship and personalised supportLimited confidence and self-beliefOther:


3. On a scale of 1-10, how important do you feel it is for women to take on senior leadership roles?


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4. What do you feel would help more women secure senior leadership roles?

The right mentorshipWomen-only support groupsMixed-gender support groupsIncreased profiling of existing female leadersEducation of leadership teams in how to develop female leadership talentOther:


5. What do you feel are the biggest challenges faced by women in leadership roles?

Male-dominated environmentsCriticism and prejudiceAchieving work-life balancePersonal insecurities and fearsOther


6. Would you want to learn more about being part of projects and initiatives supporting more women to accelerate their career/business progress?

Yes I'd love to learn more about thisNo thank you

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