Excellent points all John. Being a senior female leader in the Army, the points you are express are all too familiar. I sit in meetings and take a mental tally of females as well as overall diversity and find both severely lacking. Has it improved over the past couple of decades, yes. Can it improve more – ABSOLUTELY. Women are socialized from birth to be caregivers and put others first. It is in our DNA so to speak. It is both an advantage and disadvantage for the senior female leader; an advantage because she does a great job taking care of the those around her – peers and subordinates alike. It is a disadvantage because she fails to take care of herself; physically, emotionally and professionally. It is often difficult to strike that perfect balance between personal needs, home, and family and professional needs, development, education and advancement.
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