The facts are irrefutable. Women hold only five per cent of directorships in the UK's 200 largest companies. Only one woman is Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company. This book gets to grips with exactly what is happening for women in the world of business today - the opportunities they have, the pitfalls they face and the triumphs they achieve in what, in many ways, is still a male-centric society.
Despite the statistics, there is a whole raft of talented women battering down the doors of the UK's boardrooms. Sam Parkhouse skilfully pulls out some of the common threads that bind together this elite group of women. We see how certain industries have glass ceilings that are tougher to break through than others. We also learn exactly how many of the traditional qualities associated with women - multi-tasking, creativity, networking, the rejection of corporate life - hold true across the board, and what new skills are required and new opportunities offered to women working in a connected economy. We are also invited to delve into their private lives, to see exactly how they juggle the requirements of an intensely demanding job and a balanced personal and family life. We discover that there are many fundamental values held by these women that we could all learn from, irrespective of gender.
From this book we learn:
- How these women have made it to the top
- Their contribution to the business world
- How others can follow in their footsteps
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