Isaac, K. (2007). Women deans: Patterns of power. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. Leadership positions in the American workplace are often accompanied by gender imbalance. According to National Public Radio broadcast, two years ago only eight CEOs at Fortune 500 companies were female. A New York University business school professor, Sheila Wellington, gave several reasons for this phenomenon. Two of these were female exclusion from informal male networks and women's jobs tend to be supporting other positions (NPR, 2005, February 23). However, I believe the reason there are so few women in leadership positions in the American workplace is that people have associated those leadership roles with men.