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Decades of actions taken to increase the numbers of women in leadership roles in the corporate world are appearing to be paying off. Female professionals in high-profile human resources and other executive positions at top-notch corporations worldwide, such as Liz Claiborne, WellPoint, Hewlett-Packard, Ford, Xerox, IBM, and Kraft Foods, among many others, reflect the fact that women have finally broken through the traditional "glass ceiling." Many of these women have emerged as top HR professionals.

Traditionally, women HR managers have tended to be more empathetic and less authoritarian. They often seek to promote unity, harmony, and oneness in the workplace. When making decisions, they will consult with higher-ups, employees, and peers. These behaviors were once considered weak points, but they are now used effectively by managers of both genders. These techniques have been found to help bridge the gaps between management personnel and employees. Thus, more and more organizations are moving away from authoritarian values and rigid hierarchies and accepting the democratic model that female HR managers have popularized.

Female HR managers tend to use more disclaimers and questions in their boardroom speeches. Male executives may consider these to be signs of insecurity arising from ignorance or from impractical ideas. To avoid being perceived as weak, women HR managers learn to mold themselves to fit the masculine paradigm of modern executive culture.



However, studies have revealed that transformation doesn't ensure success. Female employees often expect women bosses to be more lenient than men, and when women HR managers fail to fit this stereotype, they are labeled as "masculine." If they fail to champion women's issues, they are called "queen bees." Finally, aggressive behavior exhibited by males in senior positions is often accepted. However, when it comes to female managers, such behavior will often be labeled as "bitchy."

Although much has changed in the past few decades, male and female HR professionals must continue to work to ensure the corporate environment truly fosters equality.
On the net:Women in Management
www.wimonline.org

Why Women Make Better Managers
www.preseleccion.com/articles/women_managers.htm

How Real Women Get Ahead: The Woman's Advantage at Work
humanresources.about.com/od/worklifebalance/a/women_working.htm

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