Three ways to ensure women leaders’ voices are finally heard

Three ways to ensure women leaders’ voices are finally heard

Kamala Harris’ appointment as US Vice President marks a watershed moment for women leadership everywhere. May this be the moment that people go within to address their gender biases. May women’s voices finally be heard.

Even now, women business leaders say they are not able to speak up. They’re not being heard and they’re often interrupted. A study by Brigham Young University shows that, at a time when we’re having more virtual meetings – half of women leaders feel their voices are being ignored.

It’s not for women to change their behaviour; it’s for all to change the environment we operate in. Drawing on my leadership training courses, here are 3 ways to do this:

1) Implement a no-interruptions policy

In meetings and on calls, make it known that interruptions are not ok. This will help to create a #genderinclusive culture and support those who struggle with speaking up.

2) Be an ally

Women are 3x more likely to be interrupted than men. You can put a stop to this by saying something like: “I want to hear what you have to say, Tom, but I don’t think Abby was finished. Abby?”

3) Give credit where credit is due

This is always important, and more so when you know it was hard for a person to speak up.

Change is coming and I’m looking forward to it!

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