Are you concerned about the future of women and our ability to break the glass ceiling?
And more importantly…
How DO women get it done? How are we GOING to get it done?
Women all across America are questioning whether we can break the glass ceiling as well as how to do so.
Most women are also questioning our ability to compete with men due to our gender, even with men who have lesser job qualifications.
I’ve been wrestling with these questions for most of my career as I challenged the culture and moved higher up the career ladder. And, I’ve done so in a completely male dominated field for over 25 years.
As a result, I wrote a book about these challenges titled, “Winning at Work: Career Success Secrets for Women in the Workplace” and written a bonus chapter to this book called, “Glass Ceiling Breakthrough”.
But it is, and so… I put these thoughts out here for women to discuss.
Women hold over half of the professional jobs in the U.S. which is a great statistic and one women should be proud of.
However, there are still some professional fields where the glass ceiling is very much present and tough to break through just to be considered equal, paid equal, or given the same opportunities as men.
And further, the glass ceiling is present in positions of middle management and higher. Women only make up 34% of middle managers, 14% of executive officers, and a mere 4% of CEOs.
Consider the following questions:
- Do you feel that you’ve gone as far as you can with your current employer?
- Despite knowing you have much more potential, is there a limit for “people like you” in your organization?
- Can you see the next level of promotion, yet after many attempts you can’t seem to get there?
- Do you feel like there is an invisible barrier put up by your management or leadership to keep you from getting opportunities and promotions?
- Do you feel you are well qualified and experienced, but not allowed to advance your career?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you have a choice to make…
You can accept your lot in life and continue dreaming about what could be or you can make some moves in the positive direction and grab what’s in your sights.
Although seemingly difficult, it is possible to use key strategies to help you break the glass ceiling you face wherever it exists in your professional field or workplace.
What you do with your frustrations and how you chose to use them to improve your situation is up to you.
There are many reasons you may be frustrated, but if it’s because of one of the items above, please know you are going to need to invoke these key strategies to break through the glass ceiling you are experiencing. That is… unless you are happy to walk away from the career ladder and settle into your current placement.
Isn’t it time to stop wasting your talents, your energy, and your future? Isn’t it time to use your true strengths and abilities toward your achieving your goals?
The answers and abilities are already inside you, you just need the tools to manifest them which are available to you.
Set yourself up for success.
Limit the frustration you feel.
Do something for yourself and your career.