Successful Leaders Understand the Art and Science of Power
June 30, 2014 | Focus on Women
In the Spring of 2014, Northwestern Mutual surveyed over 1,500 men and women across the U.S. about their interpretations of success. The Elements of Success study yielded one startling statistic: While a majority of women who participated in the survey said they were happy in their lives, just one quarter of women characterized their lives as being successful. The study also revealed women are significantly more likely than men to believe they have not yet achieved success in terms of their career goals.
So why don’t more women feel successful in their careers? One possible explanation may be tied to power. Power is seen as an important component of leadership, and the effective use of power is seen as critical to the success of executives. Yet women are often uncomfortable with—and conflicted by—the use of power. Joann M. Eisenhart, Ph.D., senior vice president for human resources, facilities and philanthropy at Northwestern Mutual, studied the topic in her doctoral dissertation, The Meaning and Use of Power among Female Corporate Leaders. Her research focused on how female corporate leaders describe and use power.
Based on Eisenhart’s research and dissertation findings, Northwestern Mutual has developed a whitepaper: Successful Leaders Understand The Art & Science of Power. It includes key insights and advice to help women leverage their personal power and activate their potential to achieve their goals personally, professionally and financially. Download the whitepaper to gain a deeper understanding of power and why it’s critical to your leadership success, including:
1. Different types and sources of power, and how women use them
2. Examples of how using power and empowering others help women feel more confident
3. Insights from Jo Eisenhart on how she leverages power to achieve greater success