Women in Leadership, a simple write-up

I was fortunate enough to attend a Women in Leadership briefing at WMG today which was very interesting. It was a short, high-level run down from training two of our colleagues have attended.

From the outset, it’s clear there’s evidence showing some old ways of thinking and practices around! Some of them which will act to block or slow women gaining leadership roles. Also, some really classic actions of self promotion which generally men might naturally do, but women may find foreign.

The session wasn’t delivered from a “Man vs Woman” angle, but an expected person centric viewpoint of “Know Thyself”. In-fact, most of the tools or techniques seemed to be just slightly altered slants on a lot of training I’ve already been lucky to have myself with Inge at Polygot coaching or the Agile Bear training… Ironically though, the charts and diagrams were just in a more pastelly’ colour!

It’s important to acknowledge however that Women do face extra challenges in the workplace due to some pretty old draconian thinkings of those in leadership roles already. For example, Tim *unt two days before this briefing session said something pretty dum, (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/women-scientists-distract-men-fall-in-love-with-them-and-cry-when-criticised-says-nobel-prize-winner-10309125.html)

This however sparked a brilliantly British amusing response online, with women posting tweets of them crying into their lab goggles and showing off their flattering curves in a massive HASMAT suit.

Moving on from the old ways restrictive ways of thinking, another part of the training was around how you “expose” yourself! Focussing on evidence based research, it showed Exposure to the right people with your work rather than working hard is more likely to earn yourself a promotion. Here’s some tips that were shared,

Career success is not based on performance
* Performance 10%, Image 30%, Exposure 60%
* Strong authentic personal brand
* Represent your manger/tea, at meeting
* Find ways to be seen outside (committees)
* Be seen by the people who matter
* Contribute in meetings and conference calls
* Take opportunities for speaking
* Act with integrity at all times
* Be authentic – be assertive about what you believe is important
* Become a subject matter expert
* “Getting tech and people working”

Very interesting session indeed, , and glad I could attend and not feel like the male scapegoat in the room 🙂

Author: Dan Course

Dan Course, E-Learning Development at Warwick University (WMG). Agile Scrum trained and full-stack development. Interested in E-learning, Democracy, Politics and Tech. All thoughts are mine and not of my employer.

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