NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE:
Ask a group of business men why there is a gender gap in business leadership and you’ll get a very different answer than you will if you ask the same question to a group of business women. However, the differences might surprise you.
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox shares an enlightening story on the Harvard Business Review to demonstrate the disparity in thinking between men and women:
“We think that the top three obstacles to better gender balance are: Management mindset, leadership criteria, and career management processes ” concluded the group of men during last week’s leadership team meeting, after an animated debate.
Then I asked the much smaller group of women who had been enthusiastically discussing the topic in a corner of the room to present their analysis. “Self-criticism, lack of confidence and self-selection out of promotion pools” was how they explained the dearth of women in the room — and on this team.
“I am totally turned around,” the VP who headed up the division later admitted to me. “I never would have believed such a difference in analysis if I hadn’t just witnessed it. The men blamed the system, the women are blaming themselves!”
Surprised? Follow the link to read Avivah’s complete article. It’s a must-read that’s filled with fantastic insights!
Get the details: Stop Asking Women Why They Haven’t Gotten Ahead via blogs.hbr.org