The Results are In…The Truth About Women and Senior Leadership

A big, heartfelt thank you to the members of my tribe who took a few minutes out of their week to complete my Influencer Academy Design Survey. While I’ll keep the survey open for another few weeks to enable those who have yet to complete it to participate, even with approximately 30 percent of those on my e-newsletter list participating, some striking trends have already emerged. They include:

1. 30 percent of respondents’ companies offer leadership development focused on the behaviors required for leadership success.

2. 3 percent of respondents’ organizations offer leadership development targeting the particular needs of their high potential women (even though many of our most profitable U.S. corporations invest in women-centered leadership development, mentoring and networking). Okay, no more meta-commentary…

3. The percentage of women in senior leadership positions in respondents’ organizations:

Less than 10 percent- 40 percent of respondents

10-20 percent- 7 percent of respondents

20-40 percent- 16 percent of respondents

40-60 percent- 23 percent of respondents

More than 70 percent- 14 percent of respondents

4. Female respondents’ perceived greatest barrier to leadership - Lack of Self Confidence and Failure to Negotiate Salary, followed by Missing Key Skills at a distant third

5. Male respondents’ perception of women’s greatest barrier to leadership – Lack of Leadership Development Opportunities

I’m not naive enough to think that I’ve compiled enough data from a broad enough sample of people to draw any sweeping conclusions. But I bet that there are at least a few of these answers that are surprising to you. And I want to know which ones. And why.

Numbers four and five, while initially surprising to me, aligned with personal feedback I received after introducing the survey. Multiple male leaders reached out to ask me, “How can I ensure I get my wife a seat in the program? She SO needs this.

Compare this to a repeat female response that I encountered. “This sounds really valuable, Alexia. Please keep me posted. Hopefully in a few years I’ll be able to put aside the time and the money to do it.


(Note: I have yet to decide upon, and as a consequence announce, pricing for the program or time commitment required.)

What sticks out to you from the survey? What do you attribute the results to? And as I continue to tinker with program design, what do you want to make sure I consider in designing a world-class women’s Influencer Academy? (Please leave your comments below.) And if you still need to contribute your 2 cents (which took respondents an average of 3 minutes), please CLICK HERE to participate anonymously.


In the next few weeks here in Las Vegas, I’m offering both a one-day and an ongoing opportunity for emerging leaders to step into their moxie. Both programs have a few remaining open seats. Grab one!

Moxie Saturday: The Art of Speaking on the FlySaturday, January 26th, 9:30AM-11:30AM - 

Some of the most important presentations we give are the ones that happen “on the fly.” Whether it’s a chance meeting with a prospective client or funder – or a company shindig where suddenly you’re tasked with roasting the CEO – after this Moxie Saturday such situations will be easy peasy. Through a handful of playful improv activities and on-your-feet speaking exercises, you’ll learn how to bring humor and heart into any “on the fly” speech and create the impact you desire. [REGISTER HERE]


Step Into Your Moxie Mastery: Develop Your Signature SpeechSelect Mondays from February 11th-April 22, 6PM-8PM - During this 3-month, face-to-face, dynamic public speaking program for female business and community leaders, a small cohort of women will dive deep into my unique and effective practice for bulldozing through fear of public speaking, using high impact language to powerfully communicate one’s message, and creating and performing a signature speech in front of an audience at a one-of-a-kind, culminating reception. Whether you want to use public speaking to build a business, more effectively communicate with funders or clients, speak with more impact in the workplace, or overcome communication anxiety, through Mastery you will make a habit of confident and competent communication and have the support of a cohort of achieving, likeminded women behind you. [LEARN MORE HERE]


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