Most leadership roles in companies are held by the male gender, and this has been a fact and almost a way of life. However, statistics have striven to prove this wrong. Results show that institutions with gender miscellany have a higher 15% performance than those that do not. And those that embrace ethnic multiplicity are likely to show a 35% higher performance than companies that do not. The reasoning here is simple. Imagine a group of different mental capacities and backgrounds. It is true to say that there will be a higher input of different ideas and contributions on how to do things differently, rather than relying on the reasoning of a single gender.
Susan McGalla has not only struggled to get her way up the ladder of top roles in organizations, but has also led the way for woman leaders. When Susan joined the American Eagle Outfitters, all executives were men. But this only motivated her, and she worked her way up to President of the company. She later also became the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers; which was men-dominated.
It is a fact, however, that what works for Susan cannot be the same for every woman out there. People are different, but despite this, there are groups that work to ensure that they provide adequate support to women leaders. It is necessary for women thus, to encourage and motivate each other in organizations. These leadership roles were not meant for only men. Among the solutions that may work in ensuring an end to this male domination, is the creation of sponsorship opportunities.
Susan McGalla is an entrepreneur and consultant. Her past top company positions were President in of American Eagle Outfitters Inc., and CEO of Wet Seal Inc.. She is also the founder of P3 Executive Consulting, LLC. She is on the board of HFF Inc., and also the Magee-Womens Hospital Research Institute and Foundation. Susan McGalla has worked as a trustee of the University of Pittsburgh and also as a director of Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
She was born and raised to a family of two brothers and a father who was a football coach. Her father encouraged Susan to work hard and be confident and not let the fact that she is a girl blur her from passing on her ideas or opinions, regardless of her audience. This confidence drove her to success, and she is now a professional consultant on branding, marketing among others.
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