Women may need specific encouragement
In industries where men so often have the advantage in terms of visibility and traditional expectations, women may need specific encouragement to progress to leadership roles. Talented women and men need to have genuinely equal opportunities to realise their potential.
What you should do
- Find out from women themselves what support they need to succeed. This may be women-only networks or more general career development support. Beware of making assumptions.
- Give talented women – like talented men – a senior sponsor, mentor or coach. This can help raise their profile in the organisation and prevent their careers from losing momentum.
- Encourage successful women to talk about their careers, inspiring others in their turn.