Resilience—the ability to overcome challenges and turn them into opportunities—may be the new criterion for professional advancement. An Accenture survey of 524 senior executives from medium to large companies in 20 countries found that more than two-thirds of corporate leaders around the world rate resilience as extremely important in determining who to retain. Moreover, these leaders view women as slightly more resilient than men and are providing their female professionals with programs to develop resilience.
Leading organizations will provide high-performing women with a variety of experiences to increase their resilience and confidence helping to prepare them to succeed in senior leadership positions.
The research, released as part of Accenture’s celebration of International Women’s Day, clearly demonstrated that in the current world of economic uncertainty and intense competitiveness, organizations that instill resilience in their up-and-coming leadership will have a clear advantage.
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