News & Insights about Closing the Leadership Gender Gap

3.5 Million Views and Counting...

Views as of 22 January 2018 It has been a little over 4 years since Leading Women CEO, Susan Colantuono, took the stage at TEDxBeacon Street and we are happy to announce that 'The career advice you probably didn't get' has now surpassed 3,500,000 views! 

We would like to take this time to thank you for your support of Leading Women and your commitment to closing the leadership gender gap. 

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Topics: TED, Leading Women, Closing the Gender Gap, The Missing 33%

National Mentoring Month - Why Mentoring Matters to Women

January is National Mentoring Month (#NaMeMo) in the United States, and while the month originally focused on mentoring youth, it has now grown to include all forms of mentoring. For us at Leading Women, our research has found that mentoring women is not only good for the women being mentored, but other women in the pipeline and their company's bottom line. 

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

9 Things Women in Leadership Must Know

There are many things that women haven't been told about leadership from career-start to the corporate boardroom. I wrote an entire book about them, but there are 9 fundamental things about leadership that women haven't been told and need to know. They are these.

Leadership is simple, but it's not easy. It's simple if you have a definition of leadership that is useful and prescriptive. This is the first of 9 things that every woman should know about leadership:

1. "Leadership is using the greatness in you to achieve and sustain extraordinary outcomes by engaging the greatness in others." This definition is one you can use to make plans at the start of each day or evaluate actions at the end of each day. Acts of leadership involve standing on the foundation of personal greatness, focusing on achieving key outcomes and engaging others in achieving those outcomes. 

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Topics: Talent Development, Leadership, Career, Breakthrough Leadership, Closing the Gender Gap, The Missing 33%

No Ceiling, No Walls

Order No Ceiling, No WallsLearn what women haven't been told about leadership from career-start to the corporate boardroom. 

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Conventional wisdom about leadership will take you only so far! With the right leadership skills, the highest levels of career success are well within a your reach. But much that you've been told about leadership is outdated, incomplete and ineffective. If you rely on conventional wisdom about the career success equation it will fail you because of The Missing 33%™

No Ceiling, No Walls takes a fresh, unblinking look at leadership. It identifies the vital missing piece of the leadership equation, and offers specific, actionable information not found anywhere else, including:

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Topics: Leadership, Career, The Missing 33%

A Partner by Any Other Name: Insights From the Top on How to Get There

NAWL_Logo.pngTo prepare my presentation for the National Association of Women Lawyers General Counsel Institute, I interviewed GCs, CEOs and directors on corporate boards asking the question: "What are the most important selection and success criteria for General Counsels?"

In all but one case the very first words out of their mouths emphasized the importance of being seen as a "partner in the business;" 50 percent answered with comments such as:

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Topics: Leadership, Career, The Missing 33%

Network! 7 Essential Tools for Building Strategic Relationships

"Acquaintances... represent a source of social power, and the more acquaintances you have, the more powerful you are."   
Malcolm Gladwell in The Tipping Point

"Leaders who are good networkers... are the connectors...
They master what sociologist Mark Granovetter calls the 'weak tie',
a friendly yet casual social connection."  
Robin Gerber in Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way

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Topics: Leadership, Career, The Missing 33%, Networking, Strategic Relationships

What's Wrong with What Women are Taught About Networking?

Women are often told that building a strong Network is a key to moving up in their career. But what they are being told is incomplete. In our brand new infographic we examine what's wrong with what women are taught about networking and the Leading Women difference! 

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Topics: Talent Development, Career, The Missing 33%, Women's Leadership Development, Networking, IWiN

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: Leadership, Career, The Missing 33%, Mentoring

What's Wrong with What Women are Taught About Executive Presence?

Not long ago Leading Women CEO, Susan Colantuono, was working with top executive women and men on a discussion of executive presence. She asked everyone to write down the first quality that comes to mind when they think of "executive presence." Then they took their words and stood next to flipcharts labeled Personal Greatness, Engaging Others and Achieving Outcomes.

To their surprise, over 50% of the room had words that fell under Personal Greatness, about 30% engaging others and under 20% on achieving outcomes.

BUT this wasn't to our surprise. To find out why...

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Topics: Talent Development, Career, The Missing 33%, Closing the Gender Gap, Women's Leadership Development

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


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!

  1. Why we have too few women leaders
  2. Dare to disagree
  3. The career advise you probably didn't get
  4. What it takes to be a great leader
  5. So we leaned in... now what?
  6. Color blind or color brave? 

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Topics: Closing the Gender Gap, The Missing 33%, Leadership, TED, Women of Color

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