What Keeps High-Achieving Women from Choosing Executive Positions: VII. Results: Themes Four and Five

What Keeps High-Achieving Women from Choosing Executive Positions: VII. Results: Themes Four and Five

Sample survey comments:

“Yes, I like the praise and respect garnered by having a high level leadership job, but I also like the intangibles I get from being thanked for helping others or making a difference in the life of someone else. I like the freedom and security money gives me, but that is not my primary motivator.”

(JE) “Success is when I don’t feel I have to prove myself anymore. To work for the joy of it and still do great things.”
The women feel they are master Change Agents. They know what needs to change to make things better and they are the ones that can make this happen.

Sample interview responses:

(BS) “I love advocacy for a larger group. So if the larger group has an agenda, or they want to see a change, I like speaking on their behalf, or encouraging them to speak, whatever it is to get their voices heard…I am a champion for the people, as a group, more than a specific cause.”

(NM) “I like to make money so I can be comfortably self-sufficient, but my definition of success is to be of service. But in a big way, moving mountains in the company so everything is better.”

(KP) “More than anything, I want to make a difference, have an impact. And I want to be a big fish in a big pond when I do it.”

(JE) “I didn’t want to rule the world. I just want to right the wrongs. It took me a while to realize I couldn’t win that fight head on. So I’ve found a better way to help make the changes that are needed.”

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Marcia Reynolds

Marcia ReynoldsIn addition to coaching leaders in global companies, Dr. Marcia Reynolds travels the world speaking and teaching classes in advanced coaching skills, leadership and emotional intelligence. She is the author of 3 books and has been quoted in major online and print publications in the US and Europe.

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