Why and How to Play to Your Strengths

If someone were to ask you to identify your strengths, what would you say? Could you state what your strengths are and explain how you use them to succeed?

Why is this even important, to you as an individual or as a manager and leader of people?

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5 Tips for Empowering Women Leaders In Your Organization

I recently discussed why we need to invest in women leaders, as well as the barriers that are potentially holding women back.

The good news is that most medium to large companies are investing heavily (over 90 percent, according to McKinsey & Company’s report, “Women Matter 2012: Making the Breakthrough”) in gender diversity programs. However, success from these initiatives is often uneven and slow.

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Barriers That Hold Women Leaders Back

I recently discussed why we need to invest in women leaders. Before moving to discuss possible solutions, it helps to gain a deeper understanding of why these problems remain. What is holding women back?

First of all, is it even true that something is holding women in business back? The recent Pew Research Center survey provides a clue to this. Most people – both men and women – do say that it is easier for men to get top executive positions than for women. 3 out of 4 women say it is harder for women to get there.

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Why We Need To Invest In Women Leaders

While women have certainly made huge strides at work over the past few decades, the goal of a truly gender-balanced workplace remains elusive. To get there, we need to reframe the gender issue, not as a diversity problem, but rather as a growth opportunity – to improve performance while creating a more equitable work environment.

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