6 Big Problems Women Leaders Face in 2013


While women in business have certainly made progress in 2013, the challenges women face in business are far from over.

Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath, and Mary Davis Holt of Flynn Heath Holt Leadership (FHHL) put together a list of the 6 paradoxes women leaders will face in 2013. They explain that these paradoxes are the mixed messages that continue to impede progress for women in business:

“These paradoxes are important to address for a great many reasons — fairness being the most obvious. But even beyond creating a fair and just system that allows more women into the leadership pipeline, the practical problem created by mixed messages is that it robs women of confidence and squashes their desire to jump into the fray and become leaders. The world needs the best qualified women to step up to the plate, and women need to be able to weave their way through these most difficult of challenges.”

Their list of six paradoxes women leaders will face in 2013 (and beyond) includes:

  1. The Pay Paradox
  2. The Double-Blind Paradox
  3. The Promotion Paradox
  4. The Network Paradox
  5. The Start Up Paradox
  6. The Careful-What-You-Wish-For Paradox

It’s quite possible that you’ll face one or more of these paradoxes in 2013. You can get all of the details about each of them as well as some tips to navigate through them by following the link below.

Get the details: Six Paradoxes Women Leaders Face in 2013 via blogs.hbr.org



Susan Gunelius

Susan Gunelius is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Women on Business. She is a 20-year veteran of the marketing field and has authored ten books about marketing, branding, and social media, including the highly popular 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing for Dummies, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies and Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps. Susan’s marketing-related content can be found on Entrepreneur.com, Forbes.com, MSNBC.com, BusinessWeek.com, and more. Susan is President & CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company. She has worked in corporate marketing roles and through client relationships with AT&T, HSBC, Citibank, Intuit, The New York Times, Cox Communications, and many more large and small companies around the world. Susan also speaks about marketing, branding and social media at events around the world and is frequently interviewed by television, online, radio, and print media organizations about these topics. She holds an MBA in Management and Strategy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

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