Prepare for the C-Suite

Worldwide, C-Suite positions are still overwhelmingly occupied by men.

Women have progressed into middle management positions, but have lagged in seeking and being chosen for the highest executive positions.

Some have challenged unconscious beliefs about displaying traits involved in feminine archetypes and have successfully incorporated those traits at work that create a productive workplace and cooperative home life.

And, they have successfully maintained their masculinity while doing so.

Diagram of Executive TraitsOld attitudes also discourage men who have collaborative styles from seeking and being chosen for such positions. Yet research tells us that companies with collaborative cultures at the highest levels make the most profit. (In our Bibliography, see Good to Great written by Jim Collins.) Read more

Preparing for the C-Suite program assists all leaders to understand their archetypes, helps them confront unconscious beliefs, such as, “This is just the way I am” and encourages them to integrate styles and behaviors that make them better leaders.

Our data show that women’s unconscious beliefs about masculine traits in the highest positions are a part of the problem. Imagining oneself in these often ego laden and male dominated positions while maintaining one’s femininity requires out of the box thinking. She must integrate expected  masculine concepts of a top executive with feminine attributes while continuing the work of the C-Suite position. To advance or transition into an executive role that mid-level managers have not imagined for themselves requires confronting unconscious beliefs that say “This is just not me.” As well, strong women leaders exhibiting Athena, Artemis and Psyche personality styles are still often unconsciously rejected by those in power.