Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Can Women Reach the Top of America's Largest Corporations?

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Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1992 - Social Science - 231 pages
At a time when women have more tools than ever before to help them break through the glass ceiling, including the government's "Glass Ceiling" Initiative and the Civil Rights Act, far too many remain trapped beneath it. This book takes a close look at who has broken through, and how, and provides practical advice for others who want to do the same. Based on the ground-breaking three-year study of female executives that brought the glass ceiling to national attention, this book examines the factors that determine success or derailment in the corporate environment, reveals how the executive environment is different for women, and looks at the new obstacles along the road to the top. Invaluable advice is provided from the female executives themselves on learning the ropes in a company, getting the right kind of support, and integrating work and life, as well as tips from those higher up the ladder - savvy insiders - on how these women are perceived within the company. This edition also highlights new research and emphasizes what has changed with the creation of the government's 1991 Glass Ceiling Initiative and the passage of the 1991 Civil Rights Act. Vital reading for every woman in business and for every employer and manager now responsible for the removal of any barriers to her advancement, this book explodes long-held myths and addresses such important questions as: . Do women have what it takes for senior management in a large corporation? Does a new brand of discrimination stop them cold at the top floor? What can companies do to enhance the success of women in their organizations? Is it just a matter of time before a new generation of women breaks through the glass ceiling?

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ANN M. MORRISON is the director of research in leadership diversity at the Center for Creative Leadership, La Jolla, California. She is also coauthor of the best-selling book Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Can Women Reach the Top of America's Largest Corporations? (1987) and The Lessons of Experience: How Successful Executives Develop in the Job (1988).

This series of guidebooks draws on the practical knowledge that the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) has generated, since its inception in 1970, through its research and educational activity conducted in partnership with hundreds of thousands of managers and executives. Much of this knowledge is shared-in a way that is distinct from the typical university department, professional association, or consultancy. CCL is not simply a collection of individual experts, although the individual credentials of its staff are impressive; rather it is a community, with its members holding certain principles in common and working together to understand and generate practical responses to today's leadership and organizational challenges.
The purpose of the series is to provide managers with specific advice on how to complete a developmental task or solve a leadership challenge. In doing that, the series carries out CCL's mission to advance the understanding, practice, and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide.

Henry Browning put much emphasis on group dynamics in teams and team leadership during his tenure at CCL. He was an important contributor to the design of CCL 's Leadership and High-Performance Teams program. He holds an MBA from the University of Colorado.

Ellen Van Velsor is group director of Core Research &Development at CCL. She coordinates the research and the development of programs, products, and services in the area of individual leadership development. She has written and coauthored several books, including "Feedback to Managers, Volumes I &II," and "Choosing 360: A Guide to Evaluating Multi-rater Feedback Instruments for Management Development";and she is coeditor of "The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development," She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Florida.

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