Adapted from the book: The Talent Advantage: How to Attract and Retain the Best and the Brightest by coauthors Dr. Alan Weiss and Dr. Nancy MacKay, published by Wiley.
Top talent: passion + competence + need = extraordinary results.
Business Case: research shows (e.g., Columbia University, McKinsey, Catalyst) that having more women in senior positions and on boards means more financial success. Women earn 57% of all bachelor’s degrees (1/3 of all business graduate degrees).
However, according to Statistics Canada, we have gone from 27% to 22% of women in senior positions over the past 10 years.
Gender Leadership: all leaders must understand and adapt to gender differences to get people to show up as top talent.
Three Key Gender Differences:
- Emotional Intelligence: Women score higher: interpersonal relationships; social responsibility; and empathy. Men score higher: self-regard and stress tolerance.
- Decision-making approach: Women are more open, inclusive and collaborative.
- Flexibility over promotion: Women choose flexibility over promotion more often. Generation X and Y choose flexibility over promotion more often too.
Here are five key strategies to enhance your ability to get people to show up as top talent:
- Create a culture of accountability for results and behaviours.
• Focus on defining outcomes and creating a culture of accountability for results and behaviours.
• Clarify “Who has the D?”
- Foster a more flexible work environment.
• Use a tailored approach to flexibility to get people to show up as top talent.
• Study your competition and listen to your employees.
- Be transparent and educate.
• Educate all employees on the business case for gender, age, ethnic diversity.
• Be transparent about all strategies.
- Establish formal mentoring and sponsorship programs.
• Identify top talent and be strategic about assigning mentors and sponsors to accelerate development and retain talent.
• Men still get more promotions than women.
- Use Power Language.
• Brevity, Action Verbs, Stories, Relevant
• Be inclusive, avoid swearing and inappropriate humour and comments.