Women CEO’s have a way of “keeping it real.” They say what they do and do what they say. Their convictions are carried outside the office to their everyday lives. Their principles are the value systems of their companies. They have one Facebook account. They are transparent. What you see is what you get! That type of leadership has a measurable ROI. When a company’s culture is driven by a woman’s values; the brand is positioned for greatness and customers and employees alike will be delighted.
Why , then, are there not more women CEO’s? Where are the Meg Whitmans? The data being circulated is discouraging. From Forbes to WSJ, the stats and opinions are disheartening. Even Sheryl Sanberg, COO of Facebook has drank the Kool Aid. She said that women hold less leadership positions because they lack ambition. What the hell? I disagree! Ambition is not what holds women back. It’s the cost of ambition. In order to become a top leader, marriage, children, and personal time are all sacrificed. Recently, I learned that less than a third of women CEO’s even have children while over 80% of men CEO’s have children.
Let me ask you this. Do we want equal number of women CEO’s to men CEO’s? It doesn’t matter to me personally. Besides, statistics show that behind the greatest business leaders are supportive spouses or partners devoted to the executive’s career. Does the planet even have the number of men willing to be that type of support system?