Perceptions of the Glass Ceiling and the Importance of Choosing the Right Role Model


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Abstract This research centers around the importance of correct role models as a contingent for optimum effects on those seeking meaningful examples of determining success. Specifically, the research asks the question: how people choose specific role models when factoring in the possibility of an eventual “glass ceiling”, with an emphasis on women. The objective of this study proposes that there are good and bad role models, and the ability to choose wisely will have a positive impact for the career of the candidate, particularly in preparation of potential obstacles to success, such as the ceremonious glass ceiling. The research will explore factors individuals consider when choosing a role model; these include personal and professional ethics, skills, and codes of behavior. Once the data is evaluated, the conclusion intends to demonstrate that choosing a good role model lies first in evaluating and, if necessary, correcting the core criteria, meaning where codes of behavior, qualifications, and ethics must be established. The researcher will also have a subordinate claim of incorporating perceptions of the Glass Ceiling as a possible obstacle that the right role model can help navigate in her argument. The “Glass Ceiling” as an artificial barrier designed to thwart advancement, is a very problematic topic that can be perpetuated by a distorted reality held by certain role models—but not all. For example, if women had more knowledge of non-stereotypical women or innovators, the Glass Ceiling itself might be revealed as a stereotypical construct and would not seem as menacing. Consequently, if role models spoke less of the Glass Ceiling as a perceived barrier, and more of ways to overcome it women would be more successful. Instead, we have too many women and men with negative experiences driving the problem while providing no real solution. The research, therefore, will consider the different role model types, the traits that make a role model who they are, and the history of the Glass Ceiling as it determines good and bad role models.



History, Glass ceiling, Role models, Women, Minorities, Advancement, Success, Overcoming barriers, Equality, Ethics, Professionalism, Corporate ladder, Stereotypes