For many talented female candidates, the way they see their own leadership does not match what is presented in front of them in corporate cultures. Working environments with a lack of diverse leadership make it difficult for women to aspire to move up the ladder, and many may end up leaving their roles.
Women are often judged as lacking in the skills needed to be “fit” for a leadership position. Conversely, when women display these kinds of leadership characteristics, they tend to be disliked as it does not “fit” with their identity as a woman. As a result, women tend to have higher expectations placed upon their leadership capabilities, yet are not rewarded or valued as equally for them as men.