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Metaphors of women as leaders: Between the sticky floor and the glass ceiling

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 8 May 2017




This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.


This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.


Women have made great advances in leadership roles over the past decade; however, there are still many challenges to be faced and overcome before there is equality with men. The labyrinth metaphor is a useful one, as it represents the challenges and opportunities women may face along their career path, not just at a single point.

Practical implications

The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.


The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.



(2017), "Metaphors of women as leaders: Between the sticky floor and the glass ceiling", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 11-12.



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