How to Advance Women in Business Using Facts, Data and MIGHT!

During a recent speaking engagement, a female executive pulled me aside to both tell me her story, as well ask for some advice. She passionately explained:

“I’m not afraid to speak my mind, but being a senior leader in a male dominated company, I am often advised not to push for more women on the leadership team……..So, I hold a private woman’s group to provide mentorship and give back to the other women, especially the younger women, in the company.  Do you have any suggestions as to how to succeed in convincing our management team to provide a focus on developing and advancing women in the company?”

“Ouch”, I thought to myself. It is one thing to be one or a few, but to then be discouraged to include additional women is absurd, infuriating and stressful! But she didn’t ask for my emotional response (which would not be very nice), so I focused on providing her:

LEADERtips™ for Igniting Female Leadership Within Business:

  • Educate the leaders of your company on the gender bias and diversity issues that are not only impacting the individual employee (in this case the women), but all employees, their ability to attain talent, on the brand of the company, as well as on the overall profitability and success of the company… and include in that education that a great deal of gender bias issues are unconscious, therefore not apparent,even to the most open of leaders. From FORBES  – The Hidden Reason Women Aren’t Making It To The Top
  • Build and present a fact based case for women in leadership; contributing to and enhancing the two metrics every business leader (if they are one) is motivated by – market share and profits.         

“In today’s increasing global, competitive, fast moving global economy, one in which women are 50% of the workforce and 80% of family consumer decision makers, only those organizations that can get both men and women to leadership will remain competitive.” Susan Clancy, PhD in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University

Lastly, it is 2014…  true leaders of business don’t question the value of a diverse team, in all aspects of a person, skill set and mindset – regardless of gender or anything else. However, as a long time mentor often said to me, “Bernadette, you are being to logical.” The reality is, gender diversity exists.

That said, it will not advance women anywhere by complaining about it or using it as an excuse. Every woman, and the men who get it (and they do exist), who want a change, need to push for change. Whether you take it on yourself, align yourself with others, or engage in masterminding with like minded individuals, advancing your skill set and mind set is key to IGNITE YOUR LEADER WITHIN – and that will benefit companies, men and women!

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Bernadette Boas is the ball of fire behind Ball of Fire Consulting, Ball of Fire Inc. (media/publishing) and her book Shedding the Corporate Bitch, Shifting Bitches to Riches in Life and Business. Bernadette is a speaker, radio personality of Shedding the Bitch Radio, business growth consultant and coach, and the leader of the Shedding the Bitch® movement, transforming individuals, businesses and their company cultures to one of RICHness and profit.
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