Women and Their Struggle to Leadership and Power

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“Forget China, India and the internet: economic growth is driven by woman” The Economist, 12 April 2006
Until the late 1980s, women remained invisible as managers, and mostly few regretted their absence. But the last two decades of the 20th century saw rise of women in management. And ‘this is the first time in history that women have been working alongside men in the same job and the same companies, with the same levels of education, the same qualifications, and comparable ambitions’ (Adler and Izraeli, 1994). But, there are barriers which thwarts talented women from advancing to senior leadership positions. Women are generally considered politically naïve and someone who wields soft influential tactics such as joint action to gain power. This ‘old boys club’ thinking is supported by the cliché that ‘men are bad but bold, and women are wonderful but weak’. (Huczynski & Buchanan, 2013)This review sheds light on a woman’s journey from an executive to a managerial position in ABC. (ABC is India’s second largest IT Company, which provides business consulting, Software and outsourcing services).
The review studies the barriers that impact her journey such as the phenomena: glass ceiling, the widespread stereotype that women lack ambition, aggressiveness, assertiveness and risk taking attitude. This review lays emphasis on the fact that an organization must use its best talent, irrespective of the gender and the organizations should strive to become equal opportunity employers.
Real life scenario:
A female executive is qualified employee who has been working diligently with Infosys for the past three years and has been assigned to the non strategic administrative jobs rather than the management jobs that lead to the top. And this result in her being cut off from any formal or informal…...

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