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Six Paradoxes Women Leaders Face in 2013

Six Paradoxes Women Leaders Face in 2013 | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
The uncomfortable realities women still face, even as they succeed in ever-greater numbers.
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From the article: "one big hope is that women continue to bridge the gender gap in terms of pay equality and access to leadership positions. So much of the news was good last year: women were better educated than ever, we continued to claim coveted CEO roles at companies such as IBM and Yahoo.

Yet, in order to clear a path for greater advancement and parity in 2013, we need to address the difficult paradoxes that women leaders continue to face — these are the mixed messages and uncomfortable realities that complicate an arguably positive picture of progress."

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Women, Find Your Voice

Women, Find Your Voice | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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 “Stop acting like a facilitator. Start saying what you stand for.”  Excerpt from the article.  Read more now.

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Leadership Lessons From Admiral Michelle Howard, The Highest Ranking Woman In Naval History

Leadership Lessons From Admiral Michelle Howard, The Highest Ranking Woman In Naval History | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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The highest ranking woman in Naval history spoke with Forbes about innovative teams, how to help employees stay committed, and what she's learned about leadership.

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UNCOMMONWEALTH's curator insight, July 6, 11:08 PM

A Lady and a Leader: The Navy's New  Four Star Boss

Is your organization looking to develop leaders? Visit www.uncommonwealth.us for help.

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How to Close the Confidence Gap for Women

How to Close the Confidence Gap for Women | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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Competence and confidence are equal contributors to career success, but when it comes to confidence, women are at a distinct and significant disadvantage.

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In focus: women in business

In focus: women in business | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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Focus of this article series shares research and experts to provide opinions or comment on the glass ceilings confronting women in the workplace, the challenges and obstacles facing female entrepreneurs, the lack of women in STEM careers and ways to promote diversity across different industries....read more now.

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Don’t Let Your Career Cause Regrets in Your Personal Life

Don’t Let Your Career Cause Regrets in Your Personal Life | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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Reflections on the imperfection of work-life balance.  

 

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Managing Yourself: The Paradox of Excellence

Managing Yourself: The Paradox of Excellence | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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New learning experiences and new opportunites  may make you feel uncertain at best and incompetent at worst. Remember that those feelings are temporary and a prelude to greater professional ability.

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, January 28, 11:27 PM

Why is it that so many smart, ambitious professionals are less productive and satisfied than they should or could be? Why do so many of them find their upward trajectories flattening into a plateau? In our experience—Tom’s as a business school...

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The 7 Most Powerful Women to Watch in 2014

The 7 Most Powerful Women to Watch in 2014 | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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These seven innovators are having a major influence on technology, healthcare and the government. Their ideas are changing the ways we do businessand addressing broader issues of national security, gender bias, world poverty and the state of the startup community at large.  Now is the time to read about them....

 
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Five New Year’s Resolutions Every Leader Should Make

Five New Year’s Resolutions Every Leader Should Make | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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In the upcoming  year,  there will be a new war for talent: not yesteryear’s broad-based need for all top talent but an increasing demand for the right kind of talent.  The Center for Talent  and Innovation (CTI) research spotlights five ways leaders can leverage and develop diverse talent that confers a competative edge.

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The Eight Archetypes of Leadership

The Eight Archetypes of Leadership | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
Which kind of leader are you?
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Excerpt: "Although the ghost of the Great Man still haunts leadership studies, most of us have recognized by now that successful organizations are the product of distributive, collective, and complementary leadership. The first step in putting together such a team is to identify each member of the team’s personality makeup and leadership style, so that strengths and competences can be matched to particular roles and challenges. Getting this match wrong can bring misery to all concerned and cause considerable damage." Read now the article and identify archetypes.

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Be Seen as a Leader

Be Seen as a Leader | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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Excerpt: "When a new work group forms, people often make snap judgments about who is qualified to lead. If the players don’t already know one another, they tend to afford status to teammates on the basis of factors such as age, gender, race, attractiveness, and rank.  Anyone, the authors say, can achieve higher status and more influence by getting in the right mind-set before engaging with new teammates.


There are three psychological states that can increase the optimism, confidence, and proactive behavior that people associate with leaders: promotion focus (defined as a focus on goals and positive outcomes), happiness, and a feeling of power. And all it takes to help you enter one of these states is a simple five-minute exercise before starting a group task: Write about your ambitions or a time when you felt happy or powerful. The authors report that study subjects who did exactly that were more likely than others to speak up, steer decision making, and be viewed by their teammates as leaders—both in initial group meetings and in follow-up meetings."  Now read more...

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How Women Respond to Frustration at Work, and Why

How Women Respond to Frustration at Work, and Why | Female Leadership | Scoop.it

November 5, 2013

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Do women feel more frustration, or just express their feelings more?

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Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers

Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers | Female Leadership | Scoop.it

Even when  gender diversity is a corporate  priority there is frustration by a lack of results. That’s because the fundamental identity shift involved in coming to see oneself, and to be seen by others, as a leader.

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 The  authors write, that the subtle “second generation” gender bias still present in organizations and in society disrupts the learning cycle at the heart of becoming a leader. Women must establish credibility in a culture that is deeply conflicted about whether, when, and how they should exercise authority. 

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Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
The real gender issue isn't a lack of qualified women, but a surplus of unqualified men.
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A provocative article. Read more now.

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Tom Wilson's comment, September 15, 2013 4:28 PM
At this moment, America politicians and journalists are nurturing a number of dangerous perceptions about Russia and the world that President Putin was brushing up against in his comments about "AMerica exceptionalism". Basically, America is the most dangerous nation in the world because nobody can really challenge us and we think out shit doesn;t stink. Iraq is one consequence, but the attitudes of most of Washington is totally Cold War and everyone pretty well holds the Conservative position that we vanquished Russia in a war and we are entitled to the fruits of the conquerer, when the fact is Gorbachev pulled the plug on a bad idea and joined our side. But my point is that this is a another example of a shared reality based on perceptions that are unchallenged. I believe Obama, who is as prone to this point of view as any American, has the moral courage to reconsider this reality and, as I say, I think Syria will validate him and Putin before either man leaves office while Bush is hoping History will vindicate Dick Cheney in 50 years or so.
Tom Wilson's comment, September 15, 2013 4:44 PM
As far as the connection between "likability" and "hassles" is that the perceived need to be likable and the need for mission focus are not entirely collateral agendas: likability is not on the critical path, but there is always an element in a population for whom likability is the essential competence. Very often, there is a covert agenda attached to this requirement, which is to say, the people who want you to be more likable want to exercise a controlling variety over your behavior by limiting your variety. That is where the hassle comes in,
Tom Wilson's comment, September 15, 2013 5:17 PM
I just read the Likable versus leadership article and it is a useful discussion. I agree with much of it. In the military context, one of your tasks is to create player subordinates who can take your place if you are killed. I know that seems extreme, but that dimension should always be an element of command. This article brushes up against this issue in its statement that the object is to get people committed to the mission and not to the personalty of the leader. But the little preamble to the article presents an issue that defines the whole issue: leadership is not a popularity contest. Now, for my money, Steve Jobs was just a bully and he reflected a subculture in the business embraced of the winning through intimidation ethos of the Corleone family. It is very popular among MBA's, generally, the Donald Trump Kick Ass and Take Names You;re fired management style. The fact is, management by fear is the dominant management philosophy in the American corporate culture, so it is hard to narrow the phenomena down to a specific coalition. As a Ranger, I was something of a kick ass and take names kind of guy in the military, but the military is a different culture and it never lasted very long.You got to get everyone's attention and change of command is always hard on everyone. But in the day intercourse of work, it is hard to be the simple courtesies and conventions of polite society to buffer whatever rough edges your circumstances may require. My dad, who was a colonel, never failed to thank his drivers and other orderlies he might be assigned during his travels when it was not at all required by protocol. My dad was likable, but he could bring both privates and generals up short when he felt the need to do it. But he was always a model of courtesy. George C. Marshall went out of his way to avoid any appeal to flattery or off-task sociability: he called Eisenhower "Eisenhower" after he became president and he refused to allow FDR to call him anything but Marshall or General. He was one of the greatest of the greatest generation. But he was never popular, in the Access Hollywood sense of the word. On the other hand,George W. Bush's role as president of the Texas Rangers was almost entirely defined by likability. Of course, he was surrounded by people who did all the heavy lifting. Nevertheless, he was a very effective element of the Texas Ranger's business plan.
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Even When Women Ask for a Raise, They Don’t Ask for Enough

Even When Women Ask for a Raise, They Don’t Ask for Enough | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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When it comes to increasing your ask, there is a vast gap between wishy-washy and assertive. Now is the time to read more on how to up your expectations.

 

 

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It’s Time for a New Discussion on “Women in Leadership”

It’s Time for a New Discussion on “Women in Leadership” | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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Is there an opportunity to shift the focus away from the fairness and equality and toward opportunity and profit? Read this provocative article now.

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What the Scarcity of Women in Business Case Studies Really Looks Like

What the Scarcity of Women in Business Case Studies Really Looks Like | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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Excerpt:  New research finds that sad numbers are only the beginning.  What exactly is the magnitude of the gender case study inequality across all business schools? And what will it take to change this aspect of an educational ecosystem that provides (or withholds) role models and sends signals about who does or does not have “the right stuff” to lead.  Now read more.

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Minority Women Report Downsizing Their Ambitions Because of Bias

Minority Women Report Downsizing Their Ambitions Because of Bias | Female Leadership | Scoop.it

  Read new research about women in the work place now.

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It should be simple: Go to work, work hard, get noticed, and get promoted. But is it ever really that straightforward? 

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Jonathan Kaus's curator insight, April 22, 10:11 AM

This article also has the facts about women and the workplace. This article is more on how discrimination and low pay affects the way women find jobs. This related to HTS because the wife could not find a job because she was a women and the men did not want her working.

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Glass-ceiling update: A snapshot of women in leadership positions

Glass-ceiling update: A snapshot of women in leadership positions | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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 This revised report highlights data and figures that reflect the state of women in key  sectors of industry.  This report goes beyond the original by making comparisons between the general prevalence of women at the top and the frequency with which women appear among many of the sectors’ top performers.  Read more now.

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Tell Me Something I Don't Know About Women in the Workplace

Tell Me Something I Don't Know About Women in the Workplace | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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An overview of the often startling research on female leadership.

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Overcome the Eight Barriers to Confidence

Overcome the Eight Barriers to Confidence | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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Achieve your goals this year.  Read more now.

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The Global Rise of Female Entrepreneurs

The Global Rise of Female Entrepreneurs | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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Excerpt: Women entrepreneurship has hit the tiping point. The question is: Is it just a passing media fad that will soon be a blip on the radar screen, or is it actually a real, fundamental economic force that’s reshaping the world? I think it’s safe to say that it’s the latter.  Read more about the opportunities and statistics of global female entrepreneurship. 

  
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The science of getting women on boards

The science of getting women on boards | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
Two recent studies show different levels of optimism for how soon boardrooms will truly diversify.
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Excerpt: “Part of the issue is getting stuck in old-school thinking, turning to the usual pool of suspects rather than saying it’s a business imperative to add more women.” Read more  now.

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Ambitious Women Face More Obstacles than Just Work-Life Balance

Ambitious Women Face More Obstacles than Just Work-Life Balance | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
The reasons women don't reach the top go beyond having it all and leaning in.
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Excerpt: "The truth is — as many have pointed out — that lots of ambitious people, male and female, make personal choices that take them off the path of leadership. It’s also true that women are often gently but firmly nudged off this path more frequently than men, when work and family invariably clash. And that is a problem. Not just for the women, but for the companies missing out on the benefits o fdiversity and the economy that's not playing with a full talent deck." 

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Women and the Economics of Equality

Women and the Economics of Equality | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
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If women in the United States, Japan, and Egypt were employed at the same rates as men, the GDPs of those countries would be higher by 5%, 9%, and 34%, respectively. So how can countries increase women’s economic participation? This article examins that question by evaluating more than 100 countries on two measures: the policies they had in place to support women, such as those guaranteeing access to education and credit, and the economic achievements of women there, including their level of participation in the workforce and employment in high-level jobs. The article provides an interactive matrix that depicts how countries stack up.  Read more now....

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Why We Need More (Women) Leaders

Why We Need More (Women) Leaders | Female Leadership | Scoop.it
Because we need more leaders, full stop.
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In today’s organizations, we need to unlock the leadership potential within so those who want to lead, get to. 

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