Hmmmmm, I've been studying the number of women in leadership, AND the number of women as high earners for years. You know what? The numbers ARE NOT INCREASING! Hmmmmm. Hmmmmmm. Hmmmmm.
What are we missing? What is keeping women out of top leadership roles? We have to ask ourselves this question and CONTINUE to ask ourselves this question until we get it answered.
1) Increased awareness: I commend Sheryl Sandberg for her book Lean In and her speaking out on the topic. It needs to be discussed. We need to be aware of the numbers. We need to be attentive and anxious to make our organizations better. Let's face it, this isn't JUST about DIVERSITY and WOMEN IN BUSINESS- this is about SUCCESS. Companies with a MORE DIVERSE workforce are MAKING MORE MONEY. Yup- the numbers ring true.
2) Develop develop develop. Men do a fabulous job of identifying talent and developing those identified employees for senior leadership roles. They 'mentor' them by nature, naturally, as they go about their work days. We need to work to find those mentors as women. They do not 'appear' naturally for us. Those mentors will identify key development areas for us to move into the next level.
3) Network & Learn to Be Strategic. Networking with others will help you broaden your market perspective. What are other companies doing? What could your company do to mimick other industries? Are you 'out and about' and able to be a thought leader for your organization? or are you head to grindstone- get it done- in tactical mode? Tactical or Strategic? Make a decision to move into more strategic thinking.
Be aware of the market around you. Stand up and be noticed. LEAN INTO your position and your career. Stay tuned....more on this topic to come.