What Keeps High-Achieving Women from Choosing Executive Positions: VII. Results: Themes Four and Five
Possible negative internal factors and behaviors from Theme #4 The workplace is their playground:
Desiring peace of mind and balance, but never creating the space for it.
Having their focus on winning viewed as being competitive instead of on achieving for the good of all.
Being seen as arrogant instead of confident, and self-serving instead of bighearted.
Caring too much about seeing immediate and positive results.
Able to deal with setbacks but not failures.
Theme 5. Experience is the best teacher. Kick me down, I’ll bounce back up. But that will never happen again.
Assumption: High-achieving women today are more aware of their behaviors and the impact than ever before due to self-awareness and the personal growth activities available to them. However, they have blind spots that justify certain behaviors they believe serve them when in truth, these behaviors hurt their advancement. On the other hand, high-achieving women are reflective enough to identify lessons learned and are open to feedback to better understand the impact of their behavior so they can adjust and adapt to more quickly achieve their goals. Therefore, they will embrace this research as a much-needed tool.
Summary of data collected: Because the women enter the workplace with an air of superiority, they are often disillusioned when they are not acknowledged for their efforts and results. However, they have the strength to rise up even higher after setbacks and rarely forget a “lesson learned.”