My hypothesis is that men as well as women in the workplace are caught up in the gravitational pull of the masculine style. The workplace becomes more masculine, not more balanced.
The Millennial generation is more diverse and more comfortable with racial and cultural diversity than prior generations. Is this reason to hope that racial bias will disappear? Most people think so. But is it true?
I say both women and men must “change” – using masculine and feminine strengths as required at work. If women can succeed only by developing their masculine skills, we’ll just bring more of the same to the top. We won’t have diversity. If women have to do all the “changing,” they risk losing themselves, operating without authenticity and exhausting themselves.
In my lifetime, we have come a long way on the journey to gender equity. I can also see how far we have to go on the journey to true equity – and declare it half empty. In one week I have seen evidence of both points of view.
A study two years ago suggested that having women on a team stimulates better results. A more recent study says, “Not so fast.” It suggests a deeper factor — the balance of yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) strengths.