Although competition between women is a reality, collaboration and support among them is also a common practice in the professional world, which is reflected in access to positions of greater responsibility and authority, as well as better salaries.
According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, although both men and women benefit from having a close circle of peers within their workplaces, it is women who can take advantage of these connections to access higher executive positions. authority and higher salaries.
The research finds that this inner circle of female contacts can equip those with high responsibility with private information about job opportunities and challenges.
Brian Uzzi, professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the Kellogg School of Management in Illinois, United States, found, when carrying out a sample among postgraduate students in Business Administration, that although the networks of successful leaders are important for both men and for women, the former basically benefit from them during their stay in the master’s degree, while women take advantage of their circle for a later job placement.
Thus women face cultural obstacles that prevent them from advancing alongside men, with close connections to other women.
Jocelyn Greenky, an expert in office politics and culture, launched The FQ Lounge initiative, which she defines as “a new girls’ club” in workplaces previously dominated by men.
Greenky, CEO of the corporate Sider Road, has helped connect more than 17,500 women entrepreneurs and executives through this idea, which is based on: there is power in the pack -of women-, and realizing own strengths allows others to be better.
“We need to change the stereotype that women don’t support other women,” she said, emphasizing that research has shown that women benefit more from the collaboration of their peers who are more successful in business.