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Why do so few women attain top executive positions? According to leadership consultant Susan Colantuono, while leadership training teaches men about “business acumen,” women learn interpersonal skills and how to boost their confidence. This critical difference is keeping females mired in middle management. getAbstract recommends Colantuono’s fresh observations to human resources executives responsible for diversity, to executives at firms that lack diverse leadership and to career-minded women working to break through the glass ceiling.

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Susan Colantuono is CEO of Leading Women, a management consulting firm that focuses on empowering women.



Though women fill half of all middle-management positions in the United States, less than one-sixth of executives are women. Why aren’t more women advancing beyond middle management? Three characteristics are essential for promotion to an executive position: Candidates must exhibit strong leadership skills, ability to inspire others and proficiency in helping the enterprise achieve its strategic financial goals. While all three faculties are essential for career advancement, organizations place much more weight on the third component – “business, ...

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