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Female Leadership

More and more ‘Female Leadership’ is part of the strategic agenda. And for good reason – most organizations are not good at hiring or retaining female talent. The gap means opportunity is lost and organizations aren’t performing at their potential.

We will work with you on increasing your female leadership, through organizational programs to tackle the full scope of Diversity & Inclusion or through targeted programs at both gender. Female colleagues will benefit from our Courageous Leadership Program, whilst male colleagues will become more consciously inclusive after having been confronted with their unconscious biases and their male privileges.

If you’re not looking for a program, but initially need a speaker for an event within your organization or at an event, then Myrna Nakad and Sonya Richardson are well-known speakers on the theme and have presented on an array of international stages.

Get in touch if you are eager to grow your female leadership.

Increasingly organizations are missing out on huge potential because they lack diversity and their culture is not inclusive. The research is clear on the business case and organizations want a more inclusive and diverse culture, but don’t know how to achieve this.

We will work with you on the two key ingredients that support an inclusive culture: 1) working with the male ‘majority’ to uncover their hidden biases and their privileged mindset; and 2) working with the female ‘minority’ on understanding how they can be more present and be heard. Most importantly, we will bring people together to engage in a non-judgmental dialogue that allows for better understanding of each other’s strengths. Once this step has been taken, the path forward becomes a lot smoother.

Get in touch if you are interested in understanding how we might work with you on your D&I challenges.

Case study:

“We have chosen to focus on recruiting and retaining more women as a first step to a more diverse culture. We are very homogenous and in past have liked the fact that we are. It is hard to let go, but once we were confronted with the business case and with our own biases, we knew change would be for the better. Our women now feel more included and we consciously include them in every meeting, even if they don’t speak up themselves. Fortunately, with the program that they have been part of, they are already doing so themselves. We are seeing things change as we speak and everyone is benefiting.”

When you are a minority and when the culture you work in is only partly reflective of your own mindset, it takes courage to speak up and share ideas and insights that are different, even if they are great. Women often struggle with feeling that they are not heard, that their confidence goes down as they move up the ladder, that they are not part of the ‘in-group’. These are key reasons why women decide to quit their jobs and move to other organizations or into entrepreneurship.

Keeping women on board and making sure their voices are heard requires them also to be courageous, like any minority group will acknowledge. In our Courageous Leadership Program we take women on a 4-month journey, whereby we help them build skills to speak up and be present, but also how to build stronger networks and learn to influence more effectively. Within this period, they will gather in so-called home groups and become peer coaches for one another, allowing their journey to last well beyond the 4 months we spend with them.

Get in touch if you are interested in organizing a Courageous Leadership Program for your female colleagues.

Case study:

I found myself becoming increasingly quiet in meetings and not speaking up. I didn’t like it, particularly when I knew my ideas were better than what was being said, but I just couldn’t manage to grab the attention. Following this program has changed my perspective completely. Now, I do speak up and know exactly how to avoid staying silent. My confidence is coming back to what it once was and I see how speaking up is helping me both personally and professionally.”