Women 'own worst enemies' for boardroom success

12-09-2006

Many female directors believe that women are their own worst enemies when it comes to succeeding in the boardroom, a new study claims.

The study of more than 100 female directors by Praxis Executive Resourcing found that only 32 per cent thought women had the same chance as men of becoming a board director, despite 66 per cent believing that women enjoyed equal opportunities across the broader workplace.

Only 44 per cent of those who felt women had a harder time achieving boardroom success said that they thought the reason was the current male dominance of senior management positions.

Around 64 per cent said that breaking their careers to have children put women at a disadvantage, while 48 per cent said that putting their family before their career made things more difficult for women.

A significant 68 per cent said that the shortage of female directors was down to women lacking networking skills compared to their male counterparts, while 58 per cent said it was down to women presuming they would not reach the boardroom.

However, 68 per cent of the women surveyed said that they were optimistic about the prospects for women aiming to become directors in the future.

"It's encouraging that the increasing number of female role models such as Indra Nooyi, the new head of PepsiCo, is inspiring more women to break the glass ceiling into the boardroom," said head of Praxis Executive Resourcing, Kate Mason.



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