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After 12 years of executive search experience in Southern & Central Europe, as well as in the Middle East and having interviewed various C-level female executives, I came up with the following suggestions that would enable women to be more successful in business.

Middle Eastern Women: The stereotype image that emerges with these words is that of an illiterate, suppressed, veiled subservient person controlled by her patriarchs with no freedom to speak, to have opinions, or to work. Yet we all have read about Middle Eastern Icons such as Zenobia the Syrian Queen, Elissa or Alissar the Lebanese Queen, Shirin the Queen of Persia, and Khadijah prophet Mohammad’s (pbuh) wife, among many other powerful women in Middle Eastern history both ancient and modern.

Until solutions are found for the glass ceiling in the C-suite and on boards, I’d like to quote Eleanor Roosevelt – “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – and suggest from my work and life experience some ways that women can perform at their best.

My firm recently hosted Harvard Business School’s expert on human capital, Professor Boris Groysberg, on a visit to New Zealand and Australia. He came up with a simple explanation for the shortage of women at the top of corporations:

In honor of the official American Business Women's Day on September 22nd, and the invaluable contributions female executives have made to global business, BlueSteps have launched an 'Executive Women in Business' Initiative for the month of September. We will be featuring content focused on the personal experiences of top female executives and the lessons learned along the way.

Take a look below at the fourth of five BlueSteps members who won a competition to submit their stories of progression as women in business:

Creating a healthy Work/life balance has become an increasingly difficult challenge for executives, and a key issue for HR policy. Now, more than ever, the line between work and personal life has become blurred beyond recognition, to the point that receiving emails from mobile phones and personal computers late at night, at weekends and during vacation time is not only common, but often encouraged.

Even without encouragement from the top, there is a unspoken pressure to remain connected well beyond office hours. The Times of india also shared an interest in this topic, resulting in the below interview with Peter Felix, AESC and BlueSteps President:
 

Does A Female Who Desires To Move Up Into The Executive Ranks Of A Male-Dominated Organization Have To “Play The [Man’s] Game” In Order To Advance Her Career?

This question was posed to a group of women partners at a PricewaterhouseCoopers Women’s Conference in the early 1990’s. I was one of those women partners and this question forced me to reflect upon my own career track to partner. At that time, women comprised less than 10% of the pwc partners – the senior executive rank of this organization was clearly male-dominated.

The AESC and BlueSteps will be honoring female executives throughout the month of September with a new Executive Women in Business section on our websites including personal stories and expert advice on the specific challenges female executives face in their career management.

We are running two great promotions which you should feel free to share. We're offering a special 30% discount on BlueSteps membership for female executives. To take advantage of that discount, visit
http://www.BlueSteps.com and use the promo code 'FemaleExecutive30'.

In honor of the official American Business Women's Day on September 22nd, and the invaluable contributions female executives have made to global business, BlueSteps have launched an 'Executive Women in Business' Initiative for the month of September. We will be featuring content focused on the personal experiences of top female executives and the lessons learned along the way.

Take a look below at the second of five BlueSteps members who won a competition to submit their stories of progression as women in business:

Successes and Challenges as a Female Executive
by Anjana Harve

Earlier this week, I was in Kuala Lumpur talking with a client in the Service industry. During a discussion with the head of the business unit, he expressed concern with his inability to fill a particular role for an extended period of time. Working with his HR team, they had seen over 30 executive candidates - many of whom were referred by headhunters based on a brief provided by his team. Yet they still were unable to find the right match for the position.