"Both men and women agree there are specific obstacles to overcome for women to be successful -- due mainly to childbearing, greater family care responsibilities, and sexism," says study head Jude Miller-Burke, PhD, an executive coach and owner of JAMB Consulting in Phoenix.
presented the findings here at the American Psychological Association's
Men and Women: The Similarities
says that she
was more struck by the similarities between high-achieving men and women than their differences.
"Overwhelming, and this is one of the most striking similarities, was a transformational leadership [style]," she
"While there's an image of wealthy, successful people coming from wealth, in truth many come from poverty," Miller-Burke
And 45% of women and 72% of men owned their business.
So what can women and men do to be more successful on the job?
Get a mentor or coach, Miller-Burke
They can help you to communicate better and to resolve conflict, among other skills.
"The higher you are in the hierarchy, the more resolving problems becomes part of the job," she
Workshops, educational seminars, and books can you help learn a transformational leadership style, she
Psychotherapy can also help you do a better job, Miller-Burke
For women, things may be a little harder.
For starters, it may be difficult to get your partner to take over more of the household and family chores.
As for discrimination, Miller-Burke
is planning another study to address how women overcome sexism to achieve success, as so many did in this survey.