Even though more and more women are being seen in managerial and leadership positions, it doesn’t necessarily mean more and more women are excited to take on such roles in the workplace.
NY Times reported on some research conducted by professor Francesca Gino and her associates of Harvard Business School that women see leadership roles just as easily attainable as men do, but they’re not necessarily as drawn to having such a position in the workplace. Could it be due to the heightened pressures, stereotypes, sexual harassment, workload and other challenges that women face in the work environment? The answer is all of the above, with NY Times adding in that women already have a lot of juggling to manage outside of work, like kids and other domestic duties — whatever they may be. The perception of having such a role in the workplace does differ between man and woman, apparently.
“According to research conducted by Gino and her associates, women consider leadership positions as attainable as men do, but also see such positions as less desirable. Whereas men tend to focus more on the positive benefits of advancement, women are more likely to also consider possible negative aspects of a promotion, such as time constraints. Compared to men, women on average have a larger number of “core goals” in life — things that they ‘deeply care about’ or ‘motivate their behavior and decisions.’ With less time available to them, women become less able to pursue their other goals in life — whatever they may be.”
It’s no surprise women have a lot on their plate, between juggling the responsibilities of life both at work and at home. As times are changing and as we as a society push for equality, it’s time we started thinking equally about having leadership positions both at home and work. It’s very much perceived as a woman’s role to take on more domestic responsibilities rather than just work ones, and the instincts of a mother are natural characteristics of a great leader. As roles of both women and men change however, wouldn’t those same natural matriarchal instincts be perfect for a leadership role at work too?