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Critical Success Factors for Women Leaders

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In 1986, Ms. King was a part of the team that published the first seminal research, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”, on women leaders. With over 25 years of experience in working with women leaders, Ms. King has learned even more about success and derailment factors for women. In this session, women leaders will examine their own profile of success and areas for development. They will also focus on the key ingredients that continue to hold women back: not developing and articulating a leadership vision, not paying attention to the political landscape, and not strengthening the breadth and depth of relationships. They will leave this session with practical tools and individual insights to apply in their current roles.

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10% Success and Derailment

  • Understanding success and derailment in your organization
  • Self -assessment to understand your strengths and areas for development

30% Success and Derailment for Women Leaders

  • What we know about women leaders since “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”?
  • How women leaders grow and develop
  • Charting a plan for continuing success

15% Leadership Effectiveness and Vision

  • The importance of vision
  • Elements of an effective vision
  • Developing your vision

30% Success and Navigating the Political Environment

  • Self-assessment on political skills
  • Six critical political skills
  • Network Map Tool
  • Strategies for Strengthening Your Network

15% Work with peer partners

  • Sharing assessment results and insights
  • Action planning


Primary -- LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Presence, Political Skills, Developmental Perspective, Interpersonal Relations

Secondary -- PLANNING/ORGANIZING: Generate and Obtain Plan Support

Tertiary -- EXECUTING/CONTROLLING/EVALUATING: Coordination, Follow-Up


Prof. Michael Roberto is the Trustee Professor of Management at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, where he teaches leadership, managerial decision-making, and business strategy. He joined the tenured faculty at Bryant after serving for six years on the faculty at Harvard Business School. He ha...


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