Glass ceiling: Women to blame?


A new study tells women that the difficulties they encounter advancing in the corporate world could be, at least partially, self-inflicted. No, you don't need to brace yourself for a Larry Summers-style remark. Rather, this is a situation of untapped potential.

Female managers are three times more likely than men to underrate how they think their bosses view their performance, according to a paper presented at the Academy of Management's annual meeting in Chicago. Simply, women are turning in stronger workplace performances than they realize, but their own perceptions are keeping them from advancing. In women over age 50, the divergence is even greater.