Diversity & Inclusion

Breaking the Mold: Letting Women Bring Authenticity into the Workplace

Women are told how they must think, act and dress in order to be noticed for leadership positions. They are molded to fit the perspective of men on gender roles, and there is not room for authenticity. It is time to break the mold!
— By Lisa Trumbull

For many women, all the talk about allowing people to bring their authentic selves to work seems inauthentic. Women who want to succeed in business and move into leadership positions are sponsored and mentored, but the advice usually seems to revolve around helping high potential women think and act like a man, especially when decision-making. Instead of reimagining leadership to embrace authentic qualities of women, women are asked to mold themselves into the likeness of male leaders. They are given a figurative rules handbook that covers everything - how to dress, when to speak up, the ideal career path, remaining likeable, ignoring gender bias and even sexual harassment (do not be a troublemaker!),...

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