Ask yourself a quick question: Would you expect a male leader to go up on stage and talk about his father passing away and how it affected his career? Probably not. When men are given the opportunity to share their stories, they describe their business achievements. If they ever did bring up their families, it would be to thank them for their support, in the classic way that a man’s family supports him as he makes his career the priority.
Gender differences definitely do exist in how men and women define success. Most men focus on wealth and status while women focus on relationships. However, relationships are a crucial part in the workplace and emphasize effective leadership. But, the narrative of women focusing on their support role at the expense of accomplishments doesn’t help the stereotype change.
As all of us know, bias stereotyping and double standards are anything but new. Mothers going back to work after a long absence are inclined to getting overlooked simply because of a bias. One of the Big Five banks in Canada overtly recognizes this challenge and has been working with other corporations to help women get back in to work after being gone. This teaches the people who join entrepreneurial skills to provide them with a competitive edge and help them get back on the career path. The main focus is to give women the skills that their employer is looking for, giving them an advantage when they go back to work, instead of making assumptions based on bias.
While the business community continues to further women at their workplace and get more women in board seats. White males need to recognize their privileged status in society and publicly sponsor to change that out look. There have been events where female CEO's own their corporate roles and their work accomplishments. We should be working to give young women the role models they need in their lives.
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