News & Insights about Closing the Leadership Gender Gap

"Frailty, thy name is woman"

Shakespeare's Hamlet denounces his mother's swift remarriage by saying, "Frailty, thy name is woman." One could suggest that researchers have been doing the same for the leadership gender gap.

As I read the key findings from LeanIn/McKinsey's latest research I notice a pattern with how they reported on gender issues. Take a look at these excerpts from the "Women face an uneven playing field" section and see if you can catch it:

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Topics: Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Unconscious Bias

Changing Mindsets, Taking Action

  

Take a look at the nine seconds of burbling Yellowstone “mudpot” action above. Here at Leading Women, we love this video because it’s a perfect metaphor for shaking things up. And when it comes to shaking up the mindsets of managers in the service of closing the leadership gender gap, we’re even more passionate. “I have taken a lifetime to create these mindsets,” said one of our clients, a European executive at a global company, “and now you have destroyed some of them in three hours.” Ka-pow!

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Topics: Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Unconscious Bias

In Case You Missed It: January 2017 Edition

On a timely basis we curate fabulous articles about closing the leadership gender gap on our Facebook page, LinkedIn Leading Women group and company page, and also Tweet them out. 

We then share the the best of the best here on our blog! 

How to accelerate gender diversity on boards

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McKinsey Quarterly

"The tone of much public discourse on the issue of women’s representation on boards has been pessimistic of late, and understandably so, given the crawl toward gender parity in the United States. Women currently hold 19 percent of board positions there, while in European countries such as France, Norway, and Sweden, where legislative or voluntary targets are in place, they hold more than 30 percent.

That said, some progressive companies are taking the lead, looking for female board members in new places and bringing them on board in new ways. Many feel they still have a long way to go, but their experiences are salutary for those that are lagging behind and want to better understand how to make change happen.”

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Topics: In Case You Missed It

A Blog I Never Imagined

In February 2015, I was invited to the Government Summit in Dubai (think World Economic Forum for government officials). I was the opening speaker for a workshop on gender balance. The participants had all been improving the lives and economic participation of women in their countries for years. They came together to share experiences and extend their work in order to move further toward gender balance. They included high ranking women (and some men) from throughout the world - including countries covered by the U.S. recent immigration ban.

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Equipping women to deal with gender dynamics

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"History must be learned in pieces. This is partly because we have only pieces of the past...which give us glimpses of what has been but never the whole reality."

Thomas Cahill, author: 
Sailing the Wine Dark Sea

This quote about the fragmentary nature of history reminded me of the photo I took of the goddess Artemis in the museum on the Greek Island of Delos (her birthplace). Artemis, the huntress, was one of the most widely venerated ancient Greek goddesses and seeing her I reveled in the thought that in certain cultures deities could be - and still can be - women.

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Topics: Gender Dynamics, Career, Gender Bias, Millennials

Why Mentoring Matters to Women

In the U.S. January is national mentoring month. While the month focuses on mentoring youth, we want to focus on mentoring women at levels from emerging to senior. There are two major reasons.

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Topics: The Missing 33%, Leadership, Career, Mentoring

2016 Most Read Leading Women Blogs - In Case You Missed Them

Top 6 TED Talks on Women's Advancement and/or Leadership

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6 TED Talks for Leadership Development and Career Success for Women

We searched TED for the most viewed, most fascinating, most informative talks on women in business and on leadership and created a list of TED Talks that everyone should watch. 

Here's our list. Continue reading to see why!

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Topics: In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It: December 2016 Edition

On a timely basis we curate fabulous articles about closing the leadership gender gap on our Facebook page, LinkedIn Leading Women group and company page, and also Tweet them out. 

We then share the the best of the best here on our blog! 

Leading Women enters Partnership with Australian-based Lighthouse Group

PRLog

Lighthouse Logo.pngleadingwomen_logo_only_FINAL.jpg"Leading Women, a leading provider of research-inspired solutions for closing the leadership gender gap in global corporations, continues to extend its global impact by signing an exclusive partnership agreement with Lighthouse Group, a Leadership Strategy and Training specialist firm, to bring several of Leading Women's innovative programs to corporations, women, and managers in Australia and New Zealand."

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Topics: In Case You Missed It

Trump is NOT US - 2016 Silver Linings

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See the Silver Linings?

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Topics: Millennials, Gender Diversity

Election Thoughts, The Missing 33% is Still Missing and MORE!

Is The Missing 33%™ Still Missing?

Audiences often wonder if The Missing 33% research is still relevant, after all, it began in 2000. Well...

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Topics: Gender Dynamics, Leadership, Making the Business Case

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