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Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 4, No.3-July 2006 ISSN: 1541-6224


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The book, Her Place at the Table: A Woman's Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success, discussed the challenges women still face as they transition to leadership positions. According to the authors, "with their numbers exceeding 50%, women are well represented in the middle ranks of management and the professions, yet, today they hold less than I % of the top leadership positions" (p. 2). The lack of women in these positions is attributed in part to research demonstrating that women lack "the presumption of credibility and competence when she takes on a leadership role" (p. 3). Because of this perception, many of the women who are given leadership opportunities do not succeed, further reinforcing the stereotypes that may limit women's appointment to executive level positions.