My husband and I were riding in Sedona, AZ this weekend. He has been a huge supporter of my career and my blog/website from the beginning. Because of his support, he also likes to offer his opinion. So, as we were riding back to the resort, his comment to me was, “You have to decide whether your blog is geared only to women veterinarians; you keep focusing on women’s issues.”
I chuckled and replied, that’s the whole point. We need men to lean in with us and help push us forward. We cannot break through the glass ceiling without the support and understanding of males too. This is not just a “women’s” issue. He disagreed.
Fast forward a few days and there is Emma Watson speaking to the UN on the He for She campaign, more beautifully articulating the same issues. Continue reading Something Funny Happened on the Mountain Bike Trail
As a huge Sheryl Sandberg fan, after reading her iconic book Lean In in January 2014, I have tried to be mindful of those times when I do not “lean in.” For those of you who have not read her book (and you must), through major research and her own career, Sandberg believes women do not “lean in” to opportunities in their careers for a variety of reasons. Many of these reasons we do have control over.
Last week I met informally with my company’s female CEO. I noted multiple times during our conversation that I was not “leaning in.” See below.
Lean In Violation 1: Not accepting credit for a job well done.
She praised my work over my last year as manager. The morale at my location is at an all-time high, our revenue is up and client feedback is exceptionally positive. Even prior managers of the same location, were impressed with my leadership. While I may have had hand in some of these accomplishment, all I could think about was blaming others for my success and finding the imperfections. Well it could not have possibly been me? Continue reading There’s More Room at the Table: Time to Lean In More
The following is a recommended reading list based on the Harvard Busines Review Spotlight Section on Women in Leadership:
- Women and Leadership: Defining the Challenges, by Robin J. Ely and Deborah L. Rhode. From The Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice.
- “Impossible Selves: Image Strategies and Identity Threat in Professional Women’s Career Transitions,” by Herminia Ibarra and Jennifer Petriglieri
- “Taking Gender into Account: theory and Design for Women’s Leadership Development Programs,” by Robin J. Ely, Herminia Ibarra, and Deborah Kolb
Note: You may want to join the LinkedIn group
: Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI). They post some interesting articles and have an active discussion board. Also a networking opportunity!
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