In 2011, McKinsey undertook an in-depth research in order to understand how women contributed to the US economy and how companies could unlock the full potential of women.
The results were that women only develop an interest in becoming leaders, once they have reached middle management. In addition, women in general have strong convictions about their abilities and a desire to advance, but when it comes to putting it into practice, the following factors make them stay where they are:
- Structural obstacles (i.e. lack of networking, lack of female role models, etc.)
- Lifestyle issues (i.e. motherhood)
- Institutional mindsets (i.e. reluctance of companies to put women in particular positions)
- Individual mindsets (i.e. women are on average less satisfied than men with their jobs)
As a result, the study urges companies to find solutions in changing embedded mindsets in order to create the conditions to unlock women’s full potential. Read the full article as follows: