CDR Assessment Group's Parsons to Present New Research that “Cracks the Code to the Glass Ceiling” at EWF International Meeting

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CEO and President of CDR Assessment Group, Inc., unlocks the mystery behind the phenomena that frustrates and blocks droves of aspiring women leaders.

“What I find most illuminating and new is that many women leaders are “Worriers” and their own risk factors are self-defeating. They lose visibility, hurt their credibility by not standing their ground, and ...

Despite the best-laid plans, good intentions, mentoring and diversity training, the glass ceiling continues to be an impenetrable barrier for most women leaders. That is – until now. “Cracking the Code to the Glass Ceiling” is a white paper written by CEO and President, Nancy Parsons of CDR Assessment Group, Inc., based on exciting new research which unlocks the mystery behind the phenomena that frustrates and blocks droves of aspiring women leaders. Parsons will be presenting on Thursday, May 2, 2013 to members of EWF International a women-only peer group established in 1999 supporting women-owned businesses and female executives through peer groups sessions, mentoring and speaking events.

This presentation examines the gravity of gender bias perceptions that are more significant than most believe, supported by CDR’s findings. Nancy then explores a completely new perspective and break-through research that shows significant inherent personality risk factor differences among men and women leaders across 35 organizations. According to Parsons, these risk differences provide the root cause that keeps the glass ceiling in place -- personality risk factors are preventing women from achieving a seat in the C-suite. Under stress, conflict and adversity, CDR found that a statistically significant percentage of women leaders display “Worrier” type behaviors, revealing women’s tendency to move away from conflict and tough debate due to fear of failure.

Conversely, the CDR research found that men tend to push against conflict, displaying “Upstager, Rule Breaker, and Egotist” behaviors. The male leader counterparts are inclined to fight for resources, airtime, visibility, and to “win the day”. In other words, when faced with adversity women leaders tend to dig in, over-analyze, pull back and review the situation, whereas their male counterparts react by standing their ground, becoming more aggressive, and exhibiting “fight” behaviors.

This new research offers answers to how women can crack the code to the glass ceiling. According to Parsons, “What I find most illuminating and new is that many women leaders are “Worriers” and their own risk factors are self-defeating. They lose visibility, hurt their credibility by not standing their ground, and tend to spend too much time over-analyzing and studying, versus engaging in the toughest leader discussions and engagements necessary for advancement.”

CDR Assessment Group, Inc. offers the CDR 3-D Suite, along with leadership coaching as the best way to narrow the gender gap. The CDR 3-D Suite measures leader character traits, risk factors for derailment, and motivational needs. These measures are straight-forward and essential for female managers to develop impactful action plans. Through an accurate assessment and eye-opening leadership coaching process, CDR offers practical strategies for managing high "Worrier" and other risk behaviors that can throw even the most promising career off track. Lynn Flinn, Tulsa EWF facilitator, commented, “We are delighted to have Nancy Parsons present to the women leaders of EWF International. She will be sharing results of how our EWF CEO and corporate executive women’s assessment profiles stack up to the study group of women and men leaders.” Parsons noted, “As we had hypothesized, the EWF CEOs and executive women’s profiles do not follow the same trends of the Glass Ceiling study group. After all, these women have succeeded in making it past the ceiling.”

CDR Assessment Group is proud to be a globally recognized leadership development and talent management firm. As we focus on the future and the value proposition we provide clients, we continue to build our talented team of associates to extend our reach in bringing the most accurate and insightful assessments, executive coaching and talent development initiatives in the marketplace. CDR Executive Coaches, trainers, consultants, instructional designers, and scientific research team are among the best in the world. CDR is a nationally certified women owned business (WBENC and SBA WOSB) and is certified as a federally recognized HUBZone entity.

For more information or to schedule Nancy Parsons to present this break-through study, call 918-488-0722 or visit us online, http://www.cdrassessmentgroup.com or http://www.cdr-u.com.

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