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What we all can learn from top women leaders

by HCI on September 9, 2010


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What we all can learn from top women leaders


by Joy Kosta

Three decades ago I took a mini-survey on managerial style in Cosmopolitan magazine (which I read back in my 20’s) that said my managerial style at the time was more “male” than “female”-- not surprising, I remembered thinking, because the leader “role models” I worked with were male. Times have changed; with major shifts in workforce demographics, for the first time women make up the majority of the US workforce. And while women head up fewer than 3% of the Fortune 1,000 companies, Hay Group found that the lower you go down the organizational ranks, the better the situation gets. And we’ve all learned a lot. Mary Fontaine, global head of Hay Group's leadership and talent practice, in an interview with Business Week, said, "…outstanding women [leaders] use a better blend of what we think of as traditional masculine styles—being directive, authoritative, and leading by example and as well as feminine ones… to be more nurturing, inclusive, and collaborative." Sharon Allen, chairperson of Deloitte since 2003, has been with her company more than thirty years and earned her way up—find out what she has to say about setting an ethical climate.

Can your managers capitalize on “engage-able moments”- are they in the game with their heads, hearts and hands? When was the last time as a leader you looked at your managers’ reasons for joining and reasons they might consider leaving? Can you increase mobility in your organization through on-line mentoring?

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Do you know how much you invest in preparing future leaders? The US Air Force invests in up to $250,000 per grad; no wonder they want to predict success with confidence- and they can do exactly that when selecting talent who are literally charged with saving lives- and identify future leaders in the process.

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