What Motivates Women To Be Leaders? – Maggi Reiss, IDS Publishing

“If you have a strong need for something, you need to do things to satisfy that need, you will go out of your way to fulfill those needs. …(Since) work is a big part of your day,” it’s natural to want your work to satisfy your strong needs.

With women still only 7.4% of the Fortune 500 CEOs, executives, recruiters, and advocates are wondering what needs to happen for more women to ascend to those roles. A brand new study conducted by Green Connections Media (GCM) in partnership with IDS Publishing may provide some answers, especially for those in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).

Called the Reiss Motivational Profile (“RMP”), it “helps people to…think about what they really want out of life, what’s really important to them,” Maggi Reiss explained.

Listen to this fascinating interview with Maggi about the findings to learn:

What we studied and why What motivates women to be leaders, high-achievers What is unique about this study and how it might reflect women in STEM or in climate-energy-sustainability fields. What it could mean for your own career path Great career advice too

“I think it’s important to know yourself…. When you know yourself, you can put yourself in situations where you can thrive…. When you know yourself and you know somebody else that you’re close with, you can appreciate that if you have a difference with them, it’s a difference in values. It’s not that their right and you’re wrong, it’s that you differ in your values.” Maggi Reiss

Read Joan’s Forbes article about it too, here.

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