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"It’s not so much a matter of getting women to lean in, it’s more a matter of preventing them from leaning out."
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Gender stereotypes continue to trap women around the world, and we often can't even see them. People's lack of consciousness regarding the restrictions women face because of their gender, means that the inequality they face is continually perpetuated.
Back in the 1970s, there were few positive female role models as business leaders. We live in an information age, we need leaders who are great communicators, understand the need for team work, and can bring a nurturing spirit to the workplace. Women are naturally effective in these areas. Although women have not yet achieved quite the salary equity of men, nor rule the majority of Fortune 500 companies, this is all changing as women step into their natural leadership capacities. Good leadership does not require a particular gender, but an individual who has developed good character, integrity and wisdom.
The talent headhunting phenomenon began informally with well-connected former industry executives with big rolodexes and great contacts. In those days, searches were simple: You needed someone and headhunters put calls out and found someone. Today, an effective search is much more sophisticated, yet myths continue to dominate.
As I continue to hone my public speaking skills, my speaker coach recently asked me a simple question: who do you consider the greatest orators? I rattled off a number of them, such as the obvious J.F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King. Then I realized my list comprised entirely of men. So, I had to do more digging.
Canada is lagging behind to support women in leadership roles, and the shortcoming is noticeable both on a local and international scale. From the absence of Canadians in celebrity-filled lists to emp...