What Keeps High-Achieving Women From Choosing Executive Positions. VI. Results: Themes One – Three
Possible negative internal factors and behaviors from Theme #1 Extreme Confidence:
Burn-out from taking on too much
Mistakes made from taking on projects beyond their expertise with no available guidance
Taking on too many projects at once, creating stress and errors
Not seeing other possibilities while busy persisting down one path
Steamrolling a project without broadly looking at the total impact
Risking an addiction to work; always making work the priority over family, friends and health
Theme Two: Zig-zagging career path. Give me a stick and I’ll build you a bridge, unless I’ve already done that so give me a bigger challenge.
Assumption: The definitions of success given by high-achieving women today are varied and complex. They are not single-focused on climbing up the ladder of success. They include other life factors and “whole-life” visions. Also, their sense of success is based more on feelings of accomplishment and fulfillment than on the number of degrees acquired, positions held, and possessions accumulated.