First With Their Fathers, Then on Their Own

This is an excellent opinion piece about the first generation of Asian women political leaders. They gained power primarily because of their father’s reputation and power, but who are now leading their nations based on their own strength, confidence, expertise, and experience.

The article echoes our own findings about successful female entrepreneurs and professional women in emerging economies.

Our research shows that many of the successful businesswomen in developing economies attribute their fathers as early influencers on their career decisions. The influence of positive father-daughter relationships on Western women’s self-perception and level of confidence is also well documented. My experience coaching women executives and mentoring young women certainly bears out the same findings. On a personal note, I attribute my self-confidence to my dad who always told me and made me feel I could do anything.

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