Do you think women 👩💻 need to emulate men to become better leaders? 👨💻
It's a commonly believed that successful leadership requires masculine traits, even if the leader is a woman. We've certainly been conditioned to think this way for decades.
But, there's no reliable data out there to suggest that masculine-dominant leadership is inherently better than any other form of leadership. So why do we continue to expect women to abandon their natural strengths and "man up" in order to lead effectively?
Thankfully, times are changing.
Women are leading the charge towards a new style of leadership that embraces traditionally "feminine" qualities like empathy and vulnerability. Just look at world leaders like Jacinda Arden, or maybe even some of the women you work with - they're proving that these qualities are just as important for success.
This is not to say that "feminine" qualities are better than "masculine" qualities, but to demonstrate that alternate styles of leadership can be successful too. And that means, in supportive workplace cultures, women can play up their strengths with more confidence and courage than ever before.
We're concluding Women's History Month by celebrating the power of diverse leadership styles - and maybe even encouraging some male leaders to embrace their feminine side too!
On that note, this edition of Tydy Up is dedicated to Women's History Month and here's what's happening on that front in the world of work.
Sarah Green Carmichael 🚩 flags trend stories that either don't use data at all or pick-and-choose data to support assumptions around how women are faring in the workplace.
Here's a common one: Women lack confidence in the workplace.
These stories are usually backed by peer-reviewed, academic studies showing that, indeed, there's a confidence gap between men and women. But what's missing in consideration is research that found out that men tend to have an inflated sense of their own abilities at work.
In actuality, men tend to be overconfident at work, not that women are under-confident!
So the next time you come across one of these stories, take a closer look - there's often more to it than meets the eye. Check out Sarah's article, originally published on Bloomberg, for more examples.
"What if they find out that I'm not good enough?"
A question some of us ask ourselves while pretending to be on top of it all. It is said that imposter syndrome is common among high-achievers. Some studies even show that during their careers, more women admit to feeling like an imposter.
Well, if you've ever felt this way, you are not alone. The Tydy team discusses imposter syndrome through a personal lens in this episode of Tydy Tea Time.
To Reflect 💭: Why good leaders aren't always inclusive leaders
Good intentions alone won't make you an inclusive leader. In fact, it can do the opposite.
The fact is, most of us have good intentions. We don't intentionally hurt other's feelings by being racist, sexist or demonstrating exclusionary behaviors. But just calling yourself “a good person” isn’t enough. In fact that’s why bias is rampant today—we believe that if we don’t intend to be biased, we simply won’t be.
But that's far from what the reality is. The only way to get a hold on the situation, as Ruchika Tulshyan says in this article, is by being inclusive on purpose.
On February 27, 2022, the Los Angeles Times published Emily’s article: I’m a disabled woman. Is that a dating deal breaker? The response to it was overwhelming. That's the day Emily finally found her true voice.
In honor of Women's History Month, we sat down with Emily to hear all about her journey. Check it out!
When Lisa was pregnant with her second child, a lot of people advised her to step back as an entrepreneur and focus on her role as a mother. And even though it was a tough decision to make, she chose not to back down.
We spoke to Lisa about all the battles she fought, both internal and external, to become the face of her own brand.
To Watch 📺: Hire for diversity-yes. But don’t forget to create an inclusive environment
Looking for diversity when recruiting is important. But what you do after is what will define how successful you are at building an inclusive workplace. While the primary role of onboarding has been to set up your new hire for success, it is also the best time to help them feel like they belong.
So how can you create a level-playing field during onboarding? Watch the video to find out.
The verdict is out after the world's most extensive four-day workweek trial that took place in the UK last year.
Of the 61 companies that took part in the experiment, an impressive 92% are continuing with the four-day week, and 18 of those organizations have declared that it will be a permanent change.
Because employees experienced increased job satisfaction, improved work-life balance, and reduced stress. And companies saw improvement in product quality, customer satisfaction, lower absenteeism and reduced costs.
The final verdict: Four-day workweek is a viable option for some companies, but careful consideration and planning are necessary to ensure its success.
To Read 👀: Emily Goodson: How one woman found her voice and the courage to embrace her whole self On February 27, 2022, the Los Angeles Times published Emily’s article: I’m a disabled woman. Is that a dating deal breaker? The response to it was overwhelming. That's the day Emily finally found her true voice. In honor of Women's History Month, we sat down with Emily to hear all about her journey. Check it out!
In a less-than-subtle suggestion, the Wall Street Journal article written by Andy Kessler pegs the blame for the bank's collapse on its DEI efforts.
Andy Kessler wrote of the bank: “In its proxy statement, SVB notes that besides 91% of their board being independent and 45% women, they also have ‘1 Black,’ ‘1 LGBTQ+’ and ‘2 Veterans.’ I’m not saying 12 white men would have avoided this mess, but the company may have been distracted by diversity demands.”
Ever since it was published, Andy, the article and Wall Street Journal received severe backlash from DEI experts and the public.
Add to your bookshelf 📚: Cassandra Speaks by Elizabeth Lesser
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