Today begin’s our two-show episode about women in leadership. As a woman who was once a direct employee in a corporate environment and reported directly to the president of the company as a Regional Manager and the Director of Leadership Development, I have much to contribute on the topic.
The truth is, women are treated differently in the workplace. As a woman in leadership, I have experienced it. One of the biggest questions we are left to answer however is what we can do about it and how to be aware and work with the bias’ we all possess. And, is it getting any better?
We start off this week’s show with a few examples of ways that, as women, we are inadvertently treated differently. For example, I will share a few examples of “man-splaining”, ways I’ve been told to run my business and interrupted mid-presentation to ask if I was paying attention. Additionally, there is the old issue of women not being able to be angry lest they be seen as hysterical or aggressive when they share an opinion.
And, it isn’t just men either; a woman told another one they would be hiring someone who won’t have as many needs, and then showed her the resumes of two men
Last but not least, there is the continued issue with pay disparity that has been ongoing for centuries.
If this begins to sound too negative and without a ray of hope, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There is and has been much movement regarding the discrimination with women as leaders and we have a great interview next week that you will want to listen too also.
Let us know what you think!
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