95% of female professionals with offspring believe that raising children has provided them with unique skills transferable to the workplace, new research suggests.
Results of an executive survey by the Korn/Ferry Institute revealed that the top transferable skills, according to the respondents, are motivating and inspiring others, learning agility and confidence.
However, almost half (45%) of female, corporate executives believe their career growth prospects have been hindered “somewhat” by having children. Eight per cent believe that motherhood has limited their career progression to a “great extent.”
According to the survey, 29% of the female respondents have either postponed (19%) or decided not to have children (10%) based on their careers.
Kathy Woods, Senior Partner at Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting, says: “The findings show that parenthood offers a world of training in psychology, time management and diplomacy that can easily be applied to business.”