Women Becoming Leaders The vast majority of political leaders and nearly all Fortune 500 CEOs are men. Moreover, in the industries that make our economy run, such as finance, manufacturing, technology, and agriculture, men are in the super majority of leadership positions. So, if most of our leaders are male, and if the U.S. is the dominant super power and the world's largest economy, how can I claim that we would be better off if women leaders were the majority? It's simple. Most of our leaders fail . As I've noted earlier, estimates of leader incompetence and failure range from one half to two-thirds. CEO tenure is very short, and most are fired for poor performance. Ethical debacles? Can you name a woman who was involved? Companies are often successful in spite of their poor leadership, because of circumstances (e.g., oil companies discovering vast new oil fields will succeed regardless of poor leadership), the strong performance of U.S.
- Fall '17
- Dr. Alice Eagly