Women's Leadership Myths

There is a constellation of reasons that work to explain why we have so few women leaders in political, corporate, public and social sector spaces. Add to this the limiting and/or erroneous beliefs that women themselves have about being a leader, which can further limit women’s access to and active participation in leadership roles.

In this week's highlighted article, Dr. Palena Neale at Forbes takes a look at some of the more common myths women have about leadership and the implications of these. And, most importantly, solutions. Click here to read the full article by  for Forbes.

Common myths preventing women taking the next step into a leadership role:

  • "I don't have a lot of leadership experience."
    • Inventory your experiences and accomplishments for their leadership competencies. This is a great way to start to recognize and see yourself as a leader.
    • Develop your leadership skills, e.g., practice communication: speaking up, listening, asking good questions. Develop your leadership presence, including your abilities to influence and persuade. This all enables you to embed and assert your leadership.
  • "I don't fit the profile."
    • Understand that leadership is a dynamic concept. It evolves and changes constantly, which means there is room for you and your leadership.
    • Consider what you want your leadership to look like based on your experiences, values, strengths, goals. It's important for women to feel comfortable with their own style of authentic leadership.

  • "Leadership is based on position and formal authority."
    • Practice your leadership skills in any context (at home, at work, in the community) and fulfill your potential. Be the leader that you are.
    • Check out lateral leadership. This is the art of influencing others regardless of your official "leadership" status.

  • "I need permission to lead."
    • Don't wait for permission to lead or for someone to invite you to lead. The opportunities are already there. A true mark of leading is identifying and acting upon opportunities.
    • Take ownership and take responsibility – for your team, and for their work.
  • "Appearances matter."
    • Ask and answer: How are you going to show up as the leader you want to be?
    • Don't just fall into your default position and habitual behaviors. They can limit you. Challenge yourself. Be bold, stretch your skills and take action.


Click here to read the full article by  for Forbes.

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