by Caroline | Dec 30, 2015 | Diversity |
So here DifferenceWORKS goes with another year! I remain passionate about the mission of having men and women lead business — and the world. I thank you for continuing to read what I write. Please comment and send me your thoughts as I write more this year!
by Caroline | Oct 1, 2015 | appreciating difference, benefits of diversity, better decisions, business value of gender diversity, confidence, double bind, double bind, gender communication, gender diversity in leadership, masculine communication style, Sheryl Sandberg, women and confidence, women confidence, women in leadership, women masculine style, women self promotion |
In many parts of the world, women’s voices are suppressed. In our western culture, in particular in the U.S. corporate world, women’s voices are not “suppressed.” But they are often not fully heard. Why not? Let me suggest four challenges, with the hope that awareness can help us better hear women’s voices right here in the USA. The feminine style of speech sounds less confident. Women assert themselves only when they really know. Women get “talked over.” And women who do speak up face the “double bind.”
by Caroline | Aug 12, 2014 | balance of masculine and feminine, Balance of masculine feminine, Leveraging Difference, Masculine Feminine Difference, value of difference |
We can see the value of both masculine and feminine approaches in daily life. In my case, I saw the importance of having both approaches as I recovered from a physical impairment. The world needs both masculine and feminine strengths!
by Caroline | Aug 5, 2014 | balance of masculine and feminine, Balance of masculine feminine, benefits of diversity, bottom line value of gender diversity, Diversity and engagement, diversity and inclusion, feminine strengths, Gender diversity, Inclusion, Masculine Feminine Difference, value of difference |
I need to take my own advice. My mission is to make gender diversity in business leadership a reality. Doing that requires creating inclusive workplace cultures that value both masculine and feminine ways of working and leading. Since more women than men demonstrate feminine styles, women will benefit from such a culture. Valuing both makes individuals more effective, creates greater inclusion and engagement and lowers obstacles to gender diversity. As a former attorney and corporate executive, I demonstrate many masculine strengths. I am working on honoring the feminine aspects of myself!