The Latest Insights from Leading NOW

Posts about Gender Dynamics (4)

Making Gender Diversity a Business Imperative?

In an interview on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® that will be airing this coming weekend, Leading Women’s CEO Susan Colantuono was asked the question: “If you had one piece of advice to give to a CEO, what would it be? She answered, “As a CEO, or as an executive or director for that matter, if women aren’t proportionately represented throughout your organization, you aren’t facing a women’s issue — you’re facing a talent development issue with business implications. And so it’s important to bring your personal commitment and the same level of organizational accountability to that challenge as you would to any business issue.”
2 min read | Kelly Primus
Read ON!
Talent Development Gender Dynamics Leadership Gender Diversity Women's Leadership Development Making the Business Case CEO Advice

A Reflection On Working Parents

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.   
3 min read | Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz
Read ON!
Gender Dynamics Managers Mindsets Millennials Motherhood Penalty

Gender Dynamics: Shrink the Power of the Motherhood Penalty

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.
1 min read | Susan Colantuono
Read ON!
Talent Development Closing the Gender Gap Gender Dynamics Managers Mindsets Motherhood Penalty

Why is everyone STILL talking about Gender Diversity?

Most executives believe the "gender problem" isn't real. And many wonder why we're still talking about it. I recently read two reports on Gender Diversity published by McKinsey& Company: Women in the Workplace 2015, and The CEO’s Guide to Gender Diversity, that illustrate how real it is and why it hasn't been fixed.
2 min read | Kelly Primus
Read ON!
Closing the Gender Gap Gender Dynamics Leadership Gender Bias

What is Your Company Planning to do for Millennials?

The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Study is out - and Leading Women's research is in and neither is great news for companies without a leadership development program for their Millennial women: Deloitte research says:  “This year’s survey shows that women are equally likely as men to rate 'opportunities for career progression and leadership roles' as a major factor for staying at or leaving a job.” “Millennials want to work for organizations that have a purpose beyond profit, and they want those organizations to provide opportunities to develop leadership skills. These may be the two most important factors in creating job satisfaction and long-term loyalty, especially among Millennial women.” “This year’s survey shows women (67 percent) are slightly more likely than men (64 percent) to leave their employers within the next five years. One reason could be that 48 percent of female respondents say they are 'being overlooked for potential leadership positions.'”
2 min read | Kelly Primus
Read ON!
Talent Development Gender Dynamics Career Millennials

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? 
2 min read | Kelly Primus
Read ON!
Closing the Gender Gap Gender Dynamics Managers Mindsets Gender Bias

Require Diverse Slates of Candidates to Minimize Gender Dynamics

When 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).
2 min read | Susan Colantuono
Read ON!
Talent Development Closing the Gender Gap Gender Dynamics Managers Mindsets Tools/Resources

Gender Dynamics: The Culture of Mentorship

We 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."
2 min read | Susan Colantuono
Read ON!
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.
2 min read | Susan Colantuono
Read ON!
Closing the Gender Gap Gender Dynamics Managers Mindsets

News & Tips on Women's Advancement & More...

Keep your eyes open for our colorful "white" paper on women's advancement. In the meantime, did you see these?
6 min read | Susan Colantuono
Read ON!
Talent Development Closing the Gender Gap Gender Dynamics The Missing 33%