“There is some sense that women lead differently than men, but it’s hard to parse out if it’s because of gender differences or because women have historically been in the non-dominant group and men have been in the dominant group.” Laura Liswood
Cultural dynamics drive the ability to innovate, hirings and promotions, whether it invests in sustainability and responsibility, and, well, how an organization functions across the board. Culture is driven by the dominant values of the leadership, and is reflected in its policies, says Laura Liswood, Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders, who has studied, interviewed and worked with dozens of female heads of state and ministers, Fortune 500 companies and global nonprofits, where she has led diversity programs. This is especially tricky issue in the traditionally male-dominated science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Listen to Liswood’s perspective in this fascinating interview with host Joan Michelson live from the U.S Chamber of Commerce commemorating International Women’s Day,
- What exactly “dominant” and “non-dominant” dynamics are and why they drive an organization.
- Pros & cons of women’s networks vs. men’s.
- How women collaborate and why it depends on their “dominance” in the organization.
- How leveraging women’s creative instincts helps drive innovation.
- How women’s way of preparing makes raises the group performance.
- Critical career advice… and much more!
“What is your true north that is going to make you feel really energized? Be open to what the possibilities can be for you. As Mary Catherine Bateson has said, women’s life experiences are more likely to look like a quilt, with blocks of experience.” Laura Liswood
Read my Forbes blogs from this interview too.
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- Telle Whitney, Former CEO of Anita Borg Institute for Women and Cofounder of the Grace Hopper Conference
- Roberta Rincon, Society of Women Engineers, Director of Research, on the status and careers of women in various types of engineering roles.
- Michele Wucker, thought leaders and author of “You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science to Navigating an Uncertain World.”
- Angela Duckworth, Author of “Grit” on how passion and perseverance are more valuable than talent, whose TED Talk has been viewed over 21 million times.
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