Women & Leadership

Would a world led by women be more peaceful, happy and prosperous?

Surveys suggest that empowering more women in developing countries through education and better access to jobs is a key to reducing world hunger… [ full article coming soon…]

Hanna Rosin: New data on the rise of women

Hanna Rosin reviews startling new data that shows women actually surpassing men in several important measures, such as college graduation rates. Do these trends, both US-centric and global, signal the “end of men”? Probably not — but they point toward an important societal shift worth deep discussion.

“If you look at management theory these days, it used to be that our ideal leader sounded something like Gen. Patton, right. You would be issuing orders from above. You would be very hierarchical. You would tell everyone below you what to do. But that’s not what an ideal leader is like now. If you read management books now, a leader is somebody who can foster creativity, who can get his — get the employees — see, I still say “his” — who can get the employees to talk to each other, who can basically build teams and get them to be creative. And those are all things that women do very well.”

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

“190 heads of state — nine are women. Of all the people in parliament in the world, 13 percent are women. In the corporate sector, women at the top, 15, 16 percent. The numbers have not moved since 2002 and are going in the wrong direction…. I wish the answer were easy. I wish I could just go tell all the young women I work with, all these fabulous women, “Believe in yourself and negotiate for yourself. Own your own success.” I wish I could tell that to my daughter. But it’s not that simple.Because what the data shows, above all else, is one thing — which is that success and likability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women.”

Leadership: What’s love got to do with it? – By Tamara J. Woodbury

Risky as it is, we must find ways to bring love and well-being back into our organisational cultures if we aspire to move leadership out of the domain of fear.

TAMARA WOODBURY is the CEO of the Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Inc., based in Phoenix,Arizona. She is known internationally for her work in leadership, particularly as it relates to girls and young women.

“It is common belief that “real” leaders are shrewd, decisive, action-oriented, results-driven, competitive and accountable only to the bottom-line. Our society reveres measurable results, financial success, analytical competence, and often, cutthroat competition. We tend to be skeptical of things that cannot be seen and measured, even our own feelings. We like to win, and we like winner” [read more…]

Wholeheartedness by Brené Brown – TEDxHouston

Brene Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

Dr. Brené Brown is a researcher professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, where she has spent the past ten years studying a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness, posing the questions: How do we engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to embrace our imperfections and to recognize that we are enough — that we are worthy of love, belonging and joy?

She is the author of ‘I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power’ (2007) and the forthcoming books, ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ (2010) and ‘Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy’ ( 2011).

Managing Attention, Your Primary Leadership Resource by Susan Szpakowski

Attention is one of our most valuable resources, and yet strangely we seldom pay attention to how we pay attention—unless we happen to be a meditator or a neuroscientist. These two perspectives, coming from East and West, are now beginning to “meet in the middle,” as Western meditators mature in their understanding and scientists expand their knowledge of how the brain works. This new knowledge has important application in the fields of management and leadership …[read more …]

Susan Szpakowski Executive Director of the ALIA Institute, a non-profit leadership development organization based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Two enlightening articles on mindfulness and – or at – work.



The Girl Effect – By Tamara J. Woodbury

LAST SUMMER, THE NEW YORK TIMES CAPTURED both the various facets and importance of investing in girls. The Women’s Crusade  by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn is actually several stories within a story. Staggering statistics of genocide based on gender. Profiles of individual girls and women who overcame abuse, poverty, lack of education, and societal stigma – enormous odds – and then improved their own lives and the lives of those around them. Also there is a strong case made for the connection between subjugation of women and girls and the promotion of violence, extremism and terrorism.There are also some simple solutions, such as equipping girls to handle menstruation as a means of staying in school and showing governments with straight-forward data and statistics that gender inequality significantly harms economic growth. Inequity is the “centrepiece of poverty.” [read more…]

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