A guest post by Enid Draluck
I am going to buck the system with what I am about to say, but let’s consider that not everything we learn in a book, case study, etc. is always the way it happens in real life. Most research regarding men and women working together in a corporate environment or for that matter, most work places, points to men not supporting the advancement of women into higher leadership positions. That’s true and many have experienced that, however, I am here to say, that women do it to other women as well, maybe more often than we would like to admit.
We all hope that when women make it through the ranks to hold high level positions in the corporate world or the non-profit sector, especially in the C-Suite, they will be “sending the elevator back down” to bring up other women into powerful positions—but do they really do it as much as they could or do they view other women entering those ranks as competition? Are their egos getting in their way like we accuse men of? Do they really want to stand out supporting their own, especially if the men in power may view that as a weakness?
My personal experience has seen this happen countless times and it has happened to me throughout my career and even more lately, especially sharing recognition for achievements, you would think the polar opposite! “Mean girls” in high school don’t necessarily outgrow that, they become “mean girls” with even more power while they climb the ranks, and climb over other women.
When the spotlight is shining, it does shine brighter when there is only one person in the light.
Enid Draluck graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and began her professional career with a national telecommunications company where she worked with Fortune 100 companies around metro Atlanta. In 1987 Enid left to create The 14th Streatery and a full service catering business, The Catering Connection, Inc., with her husband. After selling the restaurant and catering company, she established An Extra Hand, a personal concierge service where she worked with Atlanta executives and corporations. Currently, Draluck is a partner in the not-for-profit entity Full Circle Living, designed to “level the playing field”, specifically supporting women and girls locally, nationally and globally.
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