Women think differently and that diversity is invaluable to any enterprise.
There’s nothing inevitable about entry-level and middle-management women advancing into leadership, though. We’ve found that this requires an honest evaluation of the unique barriers that hold women leaders back and then designing structural workplace and societal solutions that level the playing field.
For employers, hiring more women is a good start, but it’s by no means sufficient. Smart enterprises focus on creating cultures of inclusion and retaining diverse talent making sure that policy translates to real practice. In a recent survey, it was ironic to see that 86 percent of men said women have as many or more opportunities than men do but only 56 percent of women agreed.
Women have a role, too, in building their own personal courage and collective strategies to overcome feelings of unfairness and the consequence of their own subtle biases and self-limiting beliefs. AsiaAus Leaders run diagnostics as well as offering individual coaching and mentoring for women who aspire to “feel the fear and do it anyway”.
AsiaAus Leaders also offers a series of programs, called Opt In, for professional women who are keen to achieve outstanding results in work and life. If your enterprise is keen to maximise the productivity of 100% of your workforce, we can support the women in your team overcome subtle biases, unconscious bias and self-limiting beliefs.