Women Managers and Executives: The Critical Factors in Moving Up

Recently I completed a research project for a client about the road to success for women in upper management and the C-suite. One of the discoveries we made was that, over the course of their careers, women managers and executives have:

  • Learned the language of upper management and the C-suite (vision, leadership, mission) and how to apply it comfortably to their own management style.
  • Found a mentor and a network inside the company; friends, family and outside colleagues are important, but that inside network has to be nurtured.
  • Taken the training their company offered (or they found elsewhere) in leadership, management, creating functional teams, etc.

What had the greatest effect on your own rise in your profession to management or executive level? Was it one of the three factors above or something entirely different?