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In case of emergency, break glass ceiling. Women C-suite executives show all the right skill sets. So why are they so rare?

Dana Landis Ph.D.Jennifer Predolin Psy.D.James Lewis Ph.D.Kenneth R. Brousseau Ph.D.Rebecca Slan-Jerusalim

Male and female C-level executives are more similar than different in the way they approach problem solving, leadership, and interpersonal challenges. However, an analysis of more than 4,000 in-depth Korn/Ferry assessments found that the subtle distinctions that do exist give female leaders a slight edge, and suggest that they can be naturally rich sources of best-in-class executive behaviors.

Author Profile: 

Vice President, Talent Science and Analytics
Los Angeles

Dana Landis, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Talent Science and Analytics for Korn/Ferry International, based in the Firm’s Los Angeles office.

Ms. Landis oversees all research and analytics for Korn/Ferry. She evaluates executive and assessment data to understand predictors of job fit and performance across all industries, regions, and companies. As a clinical psychologist, Ms. Landis brings her own unique and valuable insight to the discipline of assessing candidates. Additionally, she identifies macro-trends in the talent space and drives the creation cutting-edge assessment tools.

James Lewis, Ph.D.

Director, Research, Los Angeles

James Lewis, Ph.D., is a Director of Research for Korn Ferry, based in Los Angeles.

Kenneth R. Brousseau, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Decision Dynamics LLC

Kenneth R. Brousseau is Chief Executive Officer of Decision Dynamics LLC a firm specializing in behavior profiling and human resource systems design. He also chairs The Korn/Ferry Institute's Center for the Science of Management Assessment. Dr. Brousseau received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Yale University. Prior to forming Decision Dynamics, he was on the faculty of the Management and Organization department at the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Southern California.

Rebecca Slan-Jerusalim, PhD

Consultant Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting

Rebecca Slan-Jerusalim, PhD, is a Consultant for Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting, based in Toronto.

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