Standing in the way of more women advancing is just that—there are fewer women advancing to the executive level than men, and this disparity creates a lack of senior mentors for women. Men are likely to have more senior mentors than women, because there are more of them, therefore their professional relationships are likely to result in greater compensation and higher-level positions.
Having more women in executive roles also benefits future leaders, both male and female. According to a June 2012 report from Catalyst, although women and men benefit equally from developing others, women are more likely to develop others than men. Sixty-five percent of women who had been developed by mentors were paying it forward, compared to 56% of men, according to Catalyst.
The research also demonstrated the sociological truth that like typically attracts like and women are more likely to have mentors when more women are in leadership (73% of women who were developing others were developing female talent compared to 30% of men who were developing female talent).
Women don't even let long hours get in their way. Between male and female executives working more than 60 hours a week, 76% of women were developing others compared to 57% of men.
We know that clinical background experience is becoming increasingly relevant to the C-suite. According to ACHE, 56% of women have achieved leadership through a clinical path versus a healthcare administration educational background. Only 31% of men had clinical experience before their executive-level positions.