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How Genders Aspiring to Leadership Network Differently

Women and men don't network in the same ways

Networking is an essential element of career-building in many professions, including association management. But, as a new study points out, networking often works differently based on gender.

In a recent report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University found that large social networks are essential for men seeking to advance into a leadership role, but women often rely on close inner circles dominated by other women.

The study, based on an analysis of 700 former graduate students from prominent business schools, found that more than three-quarters of women in high-level roles had inner circles largely made up of other women. Women with this type of network were  two and a half times more likely to have a high-ranking leadership position.

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