Companies have a promising opportunity to fully tap the talent of high-potential women...

...and to train them to be leaders by focusing on the transition from mid-level manager to senior management. By plugging the leaks in the talent pipeline corporate performance can improve and national productivity can be raised.

Women in Entry Level Positions
Women in Middle Management

Desire to Move to the Next Level at Work

% who agree/strongly agree
79

Interest in Executive Management Roles

% who agree/strongly agree

It is important to me to have a leadership role in my organization

32

I have always aspired to be in top management

16

Being in top management is worth the cost

14
Source: Feb 2011 McKinsey survey of 1,000 female and 525 male respondents currently working in large corporations or professional-services firms.