Not all leadership opportunities are created equal. Women get fewer of the high visibility, mission-critical roles and international experiences—the so-called “hot jobs”—that are key to getting ahead at global companies. Unequal access to those “hot jobs” may be an underlying cause of the persistent gender gap at senior levels.
Formal leadership training isn’t the answer either. Catalyst research shows that on-the-job experience leads to advancement more quickly than training—and even among those who have completed training programs, men are still more likely than women to get access to “hot jobs.”
Research: Hot Jobs
Find out why Hot Jobs are important, why women don’t always get access to them, and how to rectify the situation:
In order to increase access to Hot Jobs, it is essential for women to be sponsored. Sponsorship, more than mentorship, ensures someone senior is advocating for you. These Catalyst reports offer guidance on the difference between the two, how to be a sponsor and how to gain one.
In today’s virtual world, how important is face time vs. work output? Will a flexible work arrangement hamper your chances of getting a Hot Job? Catalyst’s recent report and tool busts the myth of face time and reinforces that what matters is work output, not in-office presence.
Catalyst is proud to announce our three-part blog series on cross-cultural inclusion. Launching in mid-August, we’ve invited renowned cross-cultural experts to discuss challenges common to those working globally. Our aim is to help increase awareness on cross-cultural communication challenges, define practices and aid global employees in adapting to the cultural context. Be on the lookout for this series in the coming weeks.
Blog: “Me? Sponsor Her? I couldn’t possibly…”
At work, as in life, we all have an inner filter that judges those most like us more favorably than those who aren’t—all without our realizing it. Psychologists might call this “ego-sustaining behavior.” Suffice it to say we like things that remind us of ourselves. In this blog post, we shed light on who you aren’t sponsoring and why…
Blog: #WomenCan Profile: Fang Lee Cooke
The latest in our series of #WomenCan profiles highlighting executives and experts who are Catalysts for change within their companies and fields focuses on Fang Lee Cooke, Professor of Human Resource Management and Asia Studies at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Fang Lee discusses her time as a stay-at-home Mom, going back to school, her “hot job” and offers advice to women starting out. Look for the complete post in mid-August.