Experts are constantly looking for a rational explanation of why gender inequalities still exist in business. Depending on the study du jour , some of the current explanations include women’s inability to negotiate, women’s lack of confidence, and women’s unwillingness to compromise their ethical values for career success.
What if there isn’t a rational explanation? What if a major cause has to do with implicit biases which result in discriminatory behavior?
Instead of focusing on acting “more like a man” – a strategy that has not worked in the past 30 years – we have a different solution. The key to moving up in your career is to get to the root cause of what is blocking your career. It starts with implicit biases.
These unconscious biases play a huge role in decision making
Assess our own implicit biases surrounding gender
Recognize how implicit biases are hindering our careers
Transform unconscious biases to conscious ones
Develop strategies to change behaviors based on implicit biases
Pre-work: Harvard Implicit Gender Bias Assessment
Introduction and assessment discussion
What does your assessment reveal about your own bias
Define Implicit Biases — The Numbers Don’t Lie:
Examine a statistical journey women in leadership have taken in the past 50 years
Review media and cultural stereotypes for women in leadership
Compare percentage of women in key fields 50 years ago and now: business, tech, medicine, law, and politics including salary changes in fields
Parallel career trajectories of women and men in same fields
Break Implicit Bias Habit:
Recognize your “adaptive unconscious” through introspection
Practice three steps to observe and change your bias behaviors
Overcome Boldness Barriers and Build Confidence:
Annul self-defeating beliefs
Apologize for mistakes, but not for who you are
Anticipate and prepare for setbacks
Use a framework to plan what you will say even “on the run”
Prepare for bold communication in meetings
Be engaging — ask questions and listen
Women who are either stepping into a leadership role or are currently taking on a challenging leadership assignment.
Make Bold Choices as Women Leaders is available in the following formats: Half-Day Training Workshop, Full Day Training Workshop
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