News & Insights about Closing the Leadership Gender Gap

Gender Dynamics: Another CEO Who "Gets It"

Marc-Benioff-SalesforceOver the last few years or so we have noticed a number of CEOs who are being praised in the news for understanding that gender dynamics are real and when they level the playing field for all of their employees they help their company as a whole. 

In one of Leading Women's blog posts from May 2015, we wrote about Michael Simonds, CEO of UNUM who wrote with deep underrstanding about women's advancement and closing the leadership gender gap.

Our latest nominee for a CEO Who "Gets It" - Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff - was in the news in March 2016 for ensuring pay equity by conducting wage equity audits and making the requisite adjustments, and for naming their first Chief Equality Officer in September 2016. 

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Topics: Talent Development, Closing the Gender Gap, Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets

Why Unconscious Bias Training Doesn't Close the Gender Gap: The Case for Gender Dynamics

TrainingsGeneric unconscious bias training and its umbrella intervention, diversity training, have been around for decades, but they have still failed to close the leadership gender gap. In their article Why Diversity Programs Fail, Frank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev argue that this is because too much diversity training is mandatory, prompting resentment and defensiveness from managers. “Trainers tell us that people often respond to compulsory courses with anger and resistance—and many participants actually report more animosity toward other groups afterward,” they write.

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Topics: Talent Development, Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Unconscious Bias, Gender Bias, Women's Leadership Development

Managers' Mindsets & Millennials

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While on Facebook the other day, I came across this post from a friend, who works in HR for a well-known US-based health insurance company, and I could not get what she wrote out of my head. 

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Topics: Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Unconscious Bias, Gender Bias, Millennials

A Reflection On Working Parents

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With Father's Day in the US last weekend, it got me thinking about working families and what companies are doing to keep and support both working mothers and working fathers. The US Department of Labor reports that 70% of women with children under 18 years old participate in the labor market in some way, signaling a change from the days where father went off to work and mother stayed home and raised the children. 
 
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Topics: Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Millennials, Motherhood Penalty

Gender Dynamics: Shrink the Power of the Motherhood Penalty

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Sitting in a talent discussion a manager says,
"She wouldn't want that assignment, she has young kids." 
 
Sound far fetched in the 21st century?
 
It isn't!
 
Our research finds that barriers created by mindsets like this are reported by women's focus groups in countries including the US, Canada, Brazil and India and focus groups of male managers in countries such as Belgium, China, Italy and Mexico.
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Topics: Talent Development, Closing the Gender Gap, Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Motherhood Penalty

Unconscious Bias at the Office – Does Your Company Have a Plan?

Recently I read an article about Fortune Magazine’s Pattie Sellers moderating a discussion with execs from Facebook, Coca-Cola and FCB Worldwide on how their companies were attacking the problem of unconscious bias. When referring to unconscious bias, Maxine Williams, global director of diversity at Facebook spoke about “a problem that, as increasing numbers of companies are realizing, prevents them from improving their workforce diversity and typically interferes with the productivity of their employees.”

When Seller asked the audience of 200 executives whether they had unconscious bias training programs within their company, only a dozen raised their hands. When asked how many would like to have a program, practically the entire room raised their hands.

Huh. If unconscious bias is as big a problem as it seems, why don’t more companies have a plan to deal with it? 

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Topics: Closing the Gender Gap, Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Gender Bias

Require Diverse Slates of Candidates to Minimize Gender Dynamics

MinimizeImpactGenderDynamics_EXCERPTWhen it comes to overcoming mindsets that cause the leadership gender gap, one of the practices that we recommend is to require recruiters (internal and external) to deliver diverse slates of candidates for key positions. While companies often focus on senior positions, we recommend this practice be implemented for positions above the diverging point (the point at which the % of women begins to decline and that of men increases).

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Topics: Talent Development, Closing the Gender Gap, Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Tools/Resources

Gender Dynamics: The Culture of Mentorship

PIE MentoringWe work hard with clients to engage managers and executives in actions to close the leadership gender gap. During one of our multi-month leadership programs, the managers (most often men) who have nominated the women participants join us for 3 major topics: What is Leadership?, The Missing 33%™ and Make the Most of Mentoring™. It's an effective way to address several gender dynamics - including the powerful one we call "Men's Culture of Mentorship/Sponsorship."

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Topics: Talent Development, Gender Dynamics, Leadership, Mentoring, Managers Mindsets

Gender Dynamics: Insider Status of Men

At Leading Women we use the term gender dynamics to mean the impact of managers' mindsets on their talent development and talent advancement actions. For years, we've been studying 11 of these mindsets and their impacts around the globe.

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Topics: Closing the Gender Gap, Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Alcatel-Lucent

Women's Advancement: Busting Old Myths

 

Myths about women's advancement

Many management actions are based on outdated beliefs about women.

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Topics: Closing the Gender Gap, Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets

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