Majority of Professional Women Choose Hillary Clinton as Elected Woman Most Admired in Recent Survey

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When 222 professional women were asked in a recent survey, “What woman in elected public office do you most admire?” Hillary Clinton is listed as the “most admired” of elected women leaders.

The top five qualities listed for Hillary Clinton were (in order) intelligence, strength, determination, knowledge and goal-oriented. One survey participant wrote, “Despite her affluence, she has mass appeal to women of all ages and across social strata.

Hillary Clinton is the “most admired” of elected women leaders in a recent survey conducted by Dr. Wendy Flint, Founder and CEO of Workplace Leaders Online. When 222 professional women were asked in an open-ended question, “What woman in elected public office do you most admire?” 45 % of those who answered said, “Hillary Clinton.” Sarah Palin came in second with 12%, Condoleezza Rice (though not an elected official) was third with 8%, and Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi tied with 4% each (27% chose others).

Additionally, women were asked: “What are the top three qualities of the person you selected?” Seventy-two individual qualities were listed to describe Former Senator Clinton’s character and leadership ability (30 of those qualities were repeated multiple times).“The purpose of the survey,” says Dr. Flint, whose day job is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for a company in California, “is to identify the skills and qualities women need to be successful.”

The top five qualities listed for Hillary Clinton were (in order) intelligence, strength, determination, knowledge and goal-oriented. One survey participant wrote, “Despite her affluence, she has mass appeal to women of all ages and across social strata. She is focused on her goals while maintaining family ties.”

“This was not intended to be a political survey,” says Flint, “and participants were not asked their political party.” “We simply wanted women to choose a ‘visible leader’ they most admired and then describe the characteristics that influenced her decision. The response overwhelmingly leaned toward Hillary Clinton; and to list 72 different descriptors was amazing.”

The complete survey report along with “Secrets of Success Advice” that 200 professional women shared, can be found at http://www.womensleadershipconferenceonline.com. The results of the survey were used to determine topics and speakers for an upcoming six-week series – Women’s Leadership Conference Online 2011 sponsored by The Learning Oasis, an E-learning company.

Other significant results of the survey were 72% found “family management” and 67% selected “male/female bias” as the greatest challenge for women in business; with 26% indicating that the male/female bias prevented advancement. 84% of professional women leaders said that faith (however defined) played an important part in her business life. 39% of women leader participants hold a graduate advanced degree; and 19% earn $100,000 or more annually. There was a 50-50 split on whether the feminist movement had or has anything to do with a women’s success.            

The survey had a margin of error of +/-6.

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