Next week I must address the need to lead in a workshop for female faculty members. A fair number of junior faculty I meet, particularly women, have few advancement goals. They are grateful to have a reasonable job in the geographic area they desire.
Why should they want to move up the chain of command?
I am looking for answers to this question.
Preparing for this event gave me a great excuse to play with Easel.ly, a new site for the creation of infographics. Click over to their beta site; it's cool.
The most obvious reasons to pursue leadership positions are for yourself. Moving up brings you accolades and opportunities. Leaders control resources and help shape their institutions. They are "The Deciders" and this role can be fun and rewarding.
Of course, other people may motivate someone to leadership. Those resources and decisions can make life better for patients, students, and employees. Many women shy away from personal ambition; by focusing on these altruistic goals, they can achieve without guilt.
Why else should faculty pursue leadership roles? Can we frame our encouragement another way?
I'm waiting for you answers...