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Want to be the Boss? Most People Say No

Want to be the Boss?  Most People Say No
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Being in charge is not what most U.S. workers are striving for, new research finds.

Just 34 percent of employees aspire to leadership positions, with only 7 percent aiming for senior or C-level management jobs, according to a study from CareerBuilder.

The research discovered that men and minorities are the workers who most likely want to be in charge. Specifically, 40 percent of men desire a leadership role, compared with just 29 percent of women.

Employees who are African-American, Hispanic, members of the LGBT community or who have disabilities are all more likely than the national average to want to be a boss.

There are a variety of reasons why employees are hesitant to climb the corporate ladder. The majority of those not interested in being in charge are already satisfied with their current roles, with one-third not wanting to sacrifice their work-life balance, according to the study. Nearly 20 percent of those surveyed don't aspire to be a company leader because they lack the necessary education required for such a role. [The Leadership Mindset: How to Get There ]

Many women and minority workers also feel glass ceilings are preventing them from reaching higher job levels. The study revealed that among those who do want to be a leader, 33 percent of women, 34 percent of Hispanics, 50 percent of African-Americans and 59 percent of workers with disabilities believe glass ceilings are holding them back.

"While most workers don't want a top job, it is important for organizational leaders to promote a culture of meritocracy in which all workers, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation, are able to reach senior-level roles based on their skills and past contributions alone," Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, said in a statement. "The survey found that employees at companies that have initiatives to support aspiring female and minority leaders are far less likely to say a glass ceiling holds individuals back."

There are a number of companies working toward ensuring women and minorities have the opportunity to be in leadership positions. More than 25 percent of businesses surveyed have initiatives in place to support women and minorities pursuing leadership roles. Of these companies, just 13 percent of employees think there is a glass ceiling.

The study was based on surveys of 3,625 full-time U.S. workers over age 18.

Originally published on Business News Daily

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.