When it comes to securing the best executive jobs, you need access to strong business networks. But why are women less likely than men to connect with these networks? And how can they fix that? These questions are the focus of a new study featured in Harvard Business Review.
It’s easy to speculate about why female executives build fewer networks that push them towards the top. The finger has been pointed at unconscious bias or unequal obligations, professionally and in the home. But researchers have nailed down some specific strategies that enhanced the networks of the female executives who were able to boost their careers.
After studying 15 years’ worth of data collected from more than 16,000 women and men across 30 different organisations in multiple sectors, hundreds of women executives were interviewed about their progression.