The Glass Ceiling Inhibits Organization Growth
The Glass Ceiling shouldn’t exist. Its roots are so deeply embedded in education, business and society in general that is it difficult to alter the mindsets of individuals who believe gender actually plays any role in intelligence. Yet, most top non-profit organizations around the world are the domain of female leaders. The corporate world presents the biggest and most difficult challenge when it comes to the Glass Ceiling. The question to ask is, “Does your organization build or break the Glass Ceiling?” and if so, how?
The Glass Ceiling Is Gender Bias
Bias in any form is the most difficult issue to resolve. In the professional world in order for businesses to retain top ranking and revenues, rooting out gender bias is a necessity. Many organizations today follow the precept, “Leave your bias at home.” The basic definition of bias is “prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.” In addition to pre-casting judgment, bias is defined as “unfair.” Obviously then, the Glass Ceiling is a situation where bias plays a large role in preventing women from their natural role of equality. The Glass Ceiling is gender bias.
How to Avoid Building a Glass Ceiling
The obvious answer to avoid building a glass ceiling is to banish all preconceived gender biased notions of women in leadership roles. This requires organization managers to rethink how they choose key responsibility and to base qualifications for leadership solely on capability, experience and achievements.
How to Break the Glass Ceiling
To break the Glass Ceiling in your organization, study personal attitudes toward female staff. Make a list of these attitudes without using specific names. Do the same with attitudes toward male staffers. Now, list female employees under the list of attitudes toward males. This can be an eye opening experience that shows how to begin to break the glass ceiling. Look for leadership strengths and skills based on ambition and drive, not on preconceived notions that cloud choices for top organization positions for female staff.
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Dr. Christi Monk is the founder of the Workplace Leadership Institute which helps organizations build a culture of “connectedness”. She is also the founder of The Confidence Suite which teaches women how to tap into their core value system so they are more effective, confident and productive contributors in the workplace and their communities. She received her doctoral degree in Management of Organizational Leadership Studies and is certified in Conflict Resolution and Workplace Mediation. Her published work is entitled Workplace Bullying – In Search of a Clearer Definition. Dr. Monk is a certified trainer from the Workplace Bullying Institute.