Behavioral Study on Differences Between Male and Female CEOs Featured at Brandon Hall Group’s Women in Leadership Summit

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SuccessFinder's Dr. Larry Cash and Susan Van Klink guest star on HCMx Radio for a revealing discussion around why female corporate leadership has not significantly increased over the past decade.

Behavioral Study on Differences between Male and Female CEOs

Behavioral Study on Differences between Male and Female CEOs

Mission Imposter

Brandon Hall Group announced today it is partnering with SuccessFinder, a provider of technology for making decisions across the employee lifecycle, for a revealing discussion around why female corporate leadership has not significantly increased over the past decade.

SuccessFinder, led by Dr. Larry Cash and Susan van Klink, studied and analyzed 200 male and female CEOs to measure significant differences in the behaviors they use to run leading businesses across North America. The research, called “Mission Imposter,” revealed that even women who make it to the top and are successful often exhibit inferiority behaviors, lacking in self-confidence and insecurity.

Cash and Van Klink discussed the research on Brandon Hall Group’s latest HCMx Radio podcast recently, and Van Klink will participate in a panel at BHG’s Women in Leadership Summit June 15-16, where she will highlight the research. Held in South Florida, the summit offers female corporate leaders a community experience designed to enhance skills and share ideas. The goal is to share best practices for creating inclusive environments to improve personal and organizational performance,

SuccessFinder’s study looked at these traits in leaders:

  •     Intellect
  •     Stamina
  •     Innovation
  •     Decision-making

Results showed that women surpassed men by 10% in intelligence, but underperformed men by 10-15% self-confidence. Cash refers to what is known as “the imposter syndrome” since the 1970s—where women don’t feel they are truly worthy of, or ready for, a role.

In the podcast, Cash and Van Klink discussed how the research can be useful in understanding reasons that impair women’s abilities to move ahead faster in the business world. Knowing what these behaviors are and how they can be altered can be instrumental in shaping the future of women leaders.

Van Klink is one of several prominent women leaders that will participate in the summit. Organizations attending include: Accenture, AXA, Bank of America, CoreNet Global, Dell, Ernst & Young, Hunter Douglas, Inspirus/Sodexo, Manpower Group, MetLife, Pearson, PeopleTicker, SAP, Tata Consultancy Services, and United Healthcare.

About Brandon Hall Group:  
With more than 10,000 clients globally and more than 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is the most well-known and established research organization in human capital management. We are focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and we provide strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. The Membership Program offers insights and best practices to enable executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with consulting services that put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient.

For more information about the research and consulting, please contact CEO Mike Cooke: (561) 865-5017 or mike.cook(at)brandonhall(dot)com.

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