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That’s the key question and we provide two distinct points of view. Rob Kaiser and Wanda Wallace say that women need to stop worrying about bias and take bigger chances in more strategic roles. Avivah Wittenberg-Cox says that it’s your fault if your company doesn’t have enough female talent, and you should stop “feel good” initiatives, take personal ownership for the issue and structure your company in a way that retains great female leaders.
The authors evaluated 25,000 managers and reached a startling conclusion: Women are more effective leaders than men. They’re rated as better by their peers, managers and direct reports, whether they are supervisors or SVPs, and no matter which region they work in. They rate higher than men on 13 of 16 leadership competencies but lower on two that may be telling – strategic perspective and professional expertise.
If you think you understand why women are underrepresented in leadership, think again. It’s not about capabilities, glass ceilings, personal interests or any of the typical excuses you’ll hear. Lusk and Sahm debunk the typical myths about female leaders and provide a five-step path to shifting your and your company’s mindset to a more fact-based place.
While most companies are talking about gender equality in leadership, these four are walking the talk. Their secrets may open doors for your female talent too. Learn the practical approaches taken by Strategy&, Cochlear, Telstra and a secret fourth company to address specific, solvable issues that were holding women back. You’ll learn that helping women leaders succeed doesn’t necessarily mean massive programs or numerical quotas. Sometimes, simple solutions work even better.
The corporate world is not a just and fair place for female talent. It’s time for women to accept that the system is rigged – and learn to beat it. That’s the crisp, aggressive message from frequent TQ contributor and Stanford University professor Jeffrey Pfeffer, who urges women to realize that they control their careers and to start acting like they do. Take Responsibility for Everything and Don’t Define Yourself in Less Powerful Ways are just two hard-hitting pieces of advice in this insight-laden article.