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2009 Women’s Research: Untapped Potential: Stretching Toward the Future (Accenture)

Accenture report: Untapped Potential: Stretching Toward the Future

Almost half of female business professionals around the world—and a similar number of their male counterparts—believe they are insufficiently challenged, despite being confident of their skills and capabilities, according to new research from Accenture. (Untapped Potential: Stretching Toward the Future – PDF download 938KB)

The survey of 3,600 professionals from medium to large organizations in 18 countries across Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Africa found that 46 percent of women and 49 percent of men said they are not being challenged significantly in their current roles, yet more than three-quarters (76 percent) of all respondents are confident of their skills and capabilities. These skills include the ability to manage their workload and deadlines, to delegate tasks and to negotiate (reported by 70 percent, 68 percent and 65 percent of respondents, respectively).

The research, released as part of Accenture’s celebration of International Women’s Day, also found that almost six in 10 women (59 percent) believe that their careers are successful or very successful. Additionally, nearly half (46 percent) of women who consider themselves very successful reported that they are in jobs that require them to stretch beyond their expected responsibilities.

See the Accenture News Release

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