As we enter the final month of the summer season, we have gathered a list of resources related to women’s leadership development that we recommend reading, watching and listening to. Whether you’re on the road and looking for a good podcast or on the beach searching for an article or book to inspire you, we hope you find this list to be both informative and enlightening. Enjoy!
Articles and Blogs
Engaging Men – The Journey Toward Equity: Men are a crucial and often untapped resource for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in organizations. This report discusses the importance of including men in gender equity initiatives.
The Power of Empathy in Times of Crisis and Beyond: Catalyst’s research shows that empathy is an important driver of employee outcomes such as innovation, engagement, and inclusion—especially in times of crisis. In short, empathy is a must-have in today’s workplace.
Harvard Business Review
Stop Doing Your Team’s Work For Them: A leader’s primary task is to build your team’s capability. This article highlights how to stop solving problems for your team, but instead turn them into learning opportunities.
How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Teams: Studies show that well-managed, diverse groups perform better. What can individual leaders do to ensure that your team is including and making the most of diverse voices?
Lack of Sponsorship is Keeping Women from Advancing into Leadership: A big reason is that women aren’t getting the high-stakes assignments that are prerequisites for the C-suite is a lack of powerful sponsors. Companies need to shift away from seeing sponsorship as an either/or and move toward a view of sponsorship as a spectrum of behavior, one that allows various types of commitment.
Women in the Workplace 2021 Report: Women in the Workplace is the largest study on the state of women in corporate America. Based on data from 423 companies.
Why Women of Color are Leaving and How to Rethink Your DEI Strategy: The Great Attrition has the potential to substantially erode DE&I gains, particularly among women of color. Three actions hold the key to supporting these employees during the pandemic and beyond.
Her New Standard
4 Tips for Getting Promoted While Working From Home: Trying to get a promotion is nerve-wracking enough. How do you get your boss to notice your hard work when you only see each other through a screen?
How Women Succeed in Banking: We tapped into the wisdom of Treasa Fitzgibbon and Toni Cortese, executive coaches at Her New Standard who have extensive banking experience, to get some insights on how to advance women in this male-dominated industry.
How Working with a Coach Catapults Your Development (and How to Get the Most Out of It): Executive coaching is an investment that has proven to be a win-win scenario for both women and the organizations that they work with. Find out the benefits of working with a coach, and how to make the most out of the experience.
Burnout: What Companies and Individuals Can Do About It: While burnout has been a problem for a long time, the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this issue, especially for women. What can we, as leaders and individuals, do to reduce and prevent burnout at both the organizational and personal levels?
The Wall Street Journal
Why So Few CEOs Are Women: Fewer than 6% of CEOs are women. A Wall Street Journal study offers a new explanation for why.
Women at Work (Harvard Business Review)
The Essentials: Delegating Effectively: Listen as an aerospace engineer shares how she hands off work to colleagues, holds them accountable, and ensures they get the work done well so that she can focus on more strategic work.
The Essentials: Retaining Talent: Two managers share their approaches to retention and some lessons they’ve learned. One leads a team dedicated to retaining employees thinking about quitting, and the other has pushed herself to understand what motivates her direct reports.
Becoming a Leader When Everything is Shifting: Once you’ve committed to stepping into a leadership role, formally or informally, how do you get others to buy in? How do you successfully shift the role you’re playing on your team? Is this transformation harder to make in the context of remote and hybrid work?
Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations
Brene Brown Part 1: Daring Greatly: Oprah and Dr. Brené Brown discuss what they believe to be the real catalyst for human connection, and how we can make our lives more meaningful through vulnerability.
The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get: Susan Colantuono shares the missing 33% that holds women back from advancing.
The Power of Emotional Courage: Susan David explores how expressing difficult emotions is the key to a meaningful life.
How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias: Valerie Alexander explains how the human brain instinctively reacts when encountering the unexpected, and what that has to do with unconscious bias.
The Power of Listening: William Ury explains how listening is the essential, and often overlooked, half of communication. His stories of candid conversations with presidents and business leaders provide impactful lessons to transform any relationship.
The Largest Untapped Pool of Talent in Business: Women: Mahdis Gharaei provides a compelling case for the immense potential of women in leadership and the competitive advantage of diversity in business. Mahdis offers simple solutions to the most common obstacles in setting up diverse leadership teams.
Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts: Brené Brown
Brown shares lessons on the power of vulnerability and empathy in leadership. A renowned researcher on “courage and shame,” Brown makes the case that leadership is not about status or control, but rather recognizing potential in individuals and ideas.
How to Be An Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive: Jennifer Brown
Brown details the key inclusive leadership behaviors and mindsets to help leaders become more inclusive in day-to-day interactions.
The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are: Alicia Menendez
Women are stuck in an impossible bind. At work, strong women are criticized for being cold, and warm women are seen as pushovers. An award-winning journalist examines this fundamental paradox and empowers readers to let go of old rules and reimagine leadership rather than reinventing themselves.
Develop: 7 Practical Tools to Take Charge of Your Career: Ted Fleming
Fleming, former head of talent development for CVS Health, shares simple, powerful advice for finding the right job or growing in an existing role. Anyone can apply his actionable tools and step-by-step techniques to crystallize and achieve their career goals.
Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change: Stacey Abrams
Abrams talks about the challenges that leaders face, particularly women of color and other marginalized people. Her advice comes from her experience as a politician, as well as her years as a business and nonprofit leader.
Designing Your New Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness–and a New Freedom–at Work: Bill Burnett, Dave Evans
This book helps readers understand how to use design thinking to increase happiness and satisfaction in their jobs and their experiences of work. It also uses concepts from self-determination theory, growth mindset research, and positive psychology.
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