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Women Need Other Women to Be Successful, Study Reveals

In addition to the many joys friendship brings to us, it turns out it can become a secret ingredient to a successful career path. This point is especially true for women — they tend to do much better if they have other women they can rely on. And here’s the research to back it up.

We at Bright Side have just discovered what women need to do if they want to get a leadership position, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Researchers analyzed 4.5 million emails shared by students.

To find the answer, the researchers analyzed 4.5 million emails from students who were placed directly to leadership positions after graduation. In the first place, they discovered that their social networks were strong predicts of whether they were going to rise up to be leaders.

Women and men flourish in different environments.

Both men and women gain significant benefits from being placed centrally in their groups. This position gives them access to many other contacts in different networks. And it makes it easier to gain valuable information about employers, salaries, and their career journey. They can even improve their resumes to make them more suitable for a desired position.

There’s something else that is incredibly important for women, but doesn’t make any difference for men. And we're talking about a strong inner circle of female friends. It’s crucial to have this to be able to share inside information about companies.

Women have to deal with different hurdles than men do, and it’s beneficial for them if someone can tell them about the organizational attitude toward women working in leadership positions, share if a company provides equal opportunities for women and men, or warn them that an interviewer may ask about plans for having a family. It gives them some time to think the whole situation over and make the right choice.

Women could increase their salary by 2.5 times and get a better position.

According to researchers, women who've managed have close circles of friends and who've taken a central role in these groups have gained leadership positions that were 2.5 times better, in terms of salary and power, in comparison to other women.

Here’s an approach that can help you form an effective network.

The experts also offer a plan that can help women form this network.

  • First of all, it’s better to not pay attention to the number of people in the group, but more so to the idea of who they are. A main strategy here is to connect with those who are linked to other multiple networks that may be important to you.
  • Second, look for people whose experience and goals differ from yours. They point out that the more people associate themselves with similar people, the less likely they will be to diversify their networks.
  • And, finally, try constantly expand your network and not to get stuck with the same people. It’s totally fine to do it to make yourself feel more secure, but this doesn’t help you explore and use key opportunities and insights.

Do you agree that it's more difficult to get a leadership position for women? What helped you in your career?