I'm okay - you're okay.
During COVID-19 recognition has been given to country female leaders at the way they have handled the global pandemic. This recognition has not been so affirming for their male counterparts.
Companies with women in senior leadership roles are more profitable.
Recent research (Hampton-Alexander Report 2021) has found that women are now represented on all Boards of the top UK listed companies and the numbers of women has risen from 682 (October 2015) to 1,026 (January 2021). Whilst this is a significant increase, 34.3% of Board members are women, this research is limited to the FTSE350 and recognises that in many businesses there is only one woman represented on the Board and most often they do not hold the highest executive roles. This Report also reviewed the number of women who were positioned as senior leaders, or part of the executive teams and here the number was reduced to 29.4%.
We are moving in the right direction - but there is still work to be done.
Whilst statistically proven companies are enhanced by having women in leadership roles, what is also proven is the challenge they face balancing work, career, family, ambition, themselves and their teams. All of these challenges can be rewarding but also demanding.
Much recognition is given to women who are successfully achieving this balancing act. However, little recognition is given to the unconscious bias that still exists. The glass ceiling is very much alive today, the environment can be dysfunctional, ego driven, diminishing and cause paralysis in thought and action. How do we recognise our differentiated parts and create linkage in order to be part of the whole system.
“To me, leadership is not about necessarily being the loudest in the room, but instead being the bridge, or the thing that is missing in the discussion and trying to build a consensus from there.”
Jacinda Arden, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
One of the first steps forward - Know your voice. Speak your words.
Allow yourself to be heard.
'The pauses in our life make our experiences full and meaningful'. Tara Brach
Mapping out the territory. How does your purpose align with your life choices?
'Thinking is speech in mind' Thich That Hanh
Exploring Purpose, Values and identifying your motivation What is required for the boost to take place?
Do you have the patience to wait til your mud settles and the water is clear?'
Lao Tzu, translation by Stephen Mitchell
Boost complete. Drawing on a variety of theories, models and tools, move forward purposefully and with confidence.
'We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practising dancing or to learn to live by practising living the principles are the same.' Martha Graham
Live the life you were born for.
Let's stop adapting to what others want.
in the way that works for you.
As I am outside your environment, I can support you by being your ‘Neutral Partner’.
Neutral because I am not invested politically or emotionally in your business; but Partner because I am invested in you.
Partnering with you as someone who has an appreciation of your role and its challenges, can imagine the pressures you are facing and has a deep respect of its complexities.
Using my signature approach, we will identify what is going to give you the strongest sense of presence, a depth and strength to your voice and in all the areas you need some amplification!