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Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business by Barbara Annis, Michael Gurian

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Confronting Obstacles to Meeting Women’s Needs

Over the last fifteen years, many companies, like those detailed here, have had to break through obstacles to create change. You may be facing many of these obstacles and not know it.
Let’s look at the obstacles that impede the process of transformation to a culture more supportive of female leaders. In our research and work we have identified twenty-five obstacles; here we analyze only the most common ones. We also provide immediate, practical strategies for removing the obstacles, should you find them operative in your team or corporation.

Obstacle 1: “We’re Doing Fine”

Leaders who present this obstacle say, “Our company is doing fine without more female leaders, so why change?”
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