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The female fightback: Developing women for senior leadership roles

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 3 July 2020

Issue publication date: 29 March 2021

Abstract

Purpose

Female leaders are hindered in career advancement efforts by ongoing adherence to notions of the “ideal worker” who epitomizes largely masculine traits. But development programs that blend individual and group coaching sessions supported by top management sponsorship can help women overcome barriers presented by the “gendered organization” and make the transition into senior leadership roles.

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Findings

Female leaders are hindered in career advancement efforts by ongoing adherence to notions of the “ideal worker” who epitomizes largely masculine traits. But development programs that blend individual and group coaching sessions supported by top management sponsorship can help women overcome barriers presented by the “gendered organization” and make the transition into senior leadership roles.

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Citation

(2021), "The female fightback: Developing women for senior leadership roles", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 35 No. 3, pp. 28-30. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLO-05-2020-0116

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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