According to several studies featured in this Harvard Business Review article, modern leadership requires more of what women have, soft skills including self-awareness, emotional attunement, humility and authenticity. And what’s more, when rated by their peers, supervisors and direct reports, women also scored higher than men in key hard skills areas like initiative, driving for results and solving problems, and analyzing issues. Continue reading
Research proves that companies dedicated to diversity and inclusion are stronger competitors in the global economy. And while retaining and advancing top female talent has quickly become a worldwide business imperative, in South American countries like Brazil less than 4 percent of board chairs belong to women*.
In a focus group conducted in Brazil by Smith College Executive Education and Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC), Brazil’s leading business school, longtime cultural constructs emerged as the greatest barrier to women’s career advancement. The lack of male participation at home, coupled with a lack of support for work-life balance creates a near-impossible environment for Latin American women to pursue careers at the top. It’s a challenge for women to define their lives’ goals, especially when having a career and having a child exist as very separate paths. So what’s being done to change this and to advance female talent in Latin America?
A high performing culture is critical to the sustainability of any business. Usually, building this type of culture is accomplished through senior management’s endorsement of the organization’s vision, mission, and strategy, along with their emulation of the skills and competencies critical to success.
What do we do when our colleagues speak a different language and use different communication patterns and styles? How do we pick up on body language and facial expressions we can’t see? Even the tone of voice sounds different over the phone, especially when accents are present and English is spoken as a second language. “Cultural differences don’t disappear in virtual settings just because we can cross boundaries fast and with ease — in fact, often, they are magnified,” says Anja Langbein, expert on cultural intelligence, and co-founder of the Culture Learning Group.