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After hearing repeatedly that successful women executives feel less effective in business meetings, three partners at Flynn Heath Holt decided to take a systematic look at the issue.

Kathyrn Heath, Jill Flynn and Mary Davis explained in “Managing Yourself: Women, Find Your Voice,” published in the June issue of the Harvard Business Review, that they began in 2012 by examining 360-degree feedback they had collected on 1,100 female executives at or above the vice president level, reviewing more than 7,000 surveys in all.

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