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CDR Assessment Group’s Parsons to Present New Research that “Cracks the Code to the Glass Ceiling” at EWF International Meeting

CEO and President of CDR Assessment Group, Inc., unlocks the mystery behind the phenomena that frustrates and blocks droves of aspiring women leaders.

Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) May 01, 2013 – Despite the best-laid plans, good intentions, mentoring and diversity training, the glass ceiling continues to be an impenetrable barrier for most women leaders. That is – until now. “Cracking the Code to the Glass Ceiling” is a white paper written by CEO and President, Nancy Parsons of CDR Assessment Group, Inc., based on exciting new research which unlocks the mystery behind the phenomena that frustrates and blocks droves of aspiring women leaders. Parsons will be presenting on Thursday, May 2, 2013 to members of EWF International a women-only peer group established in 1999 supporting women-owned businesses and female executives through peer groups sessions, mentoring and speaking events.This presentation examines the gravity of gender bias perceptions that are more significant than most believe, supported by CDR’s findings. Nancy then explores a completely new perspective and break-through research that shows significant inherent personality risk factor differences among men and women leaders across 35 organizations. According to Parsons, these risk differences provide the root cause that keeps the glass ceiling in place — personality risk factors are preventing women from achieving a seat in the C-suite. Under stress, conflict and adversity, CDR found that a statistically significant percentage of women leaders display “Worrier” type behaviors, revealing women’s tendency to move away from conflict and tough debate due to fear of failure.

Conversely, the CDR research found that men tend to push against conflict, displaying “Upstager, Rule Breaker, and Egotist” behaviors. The male leader counterparts are inclined to fight for resources, airtime, visibility, and to “win the day”. In other words, when faced with adversity women leaders tend to dig in, over-analyze, pull back and review the situation, whereas their male counterparts react by standing their ground, becoming more aggressive, and exhibiting “fight” behaviors.  For the full release, go to:

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