Recently, we facilitated a client focus group with women in a traditionally male-dominated industry, where a female participant described speaking up about the lack of expressing facilities at work for new moms, only to be met with the response from a male colleague who said, “Well you [women] want to be treated like men, so…”.
In 2021, women don’t want to be treated like men. Women want to be treated like women, and to be valued for what they can bring to the workplace as women, not as women acting like men. As we come to the end of Women’s Month in South Africa, we’ve reflected on the unique strengths that women bring to the workplace and to leadership, and the ways in which inclusion - and inclusive leadership specifically - will catapult women into a more equitable future in these more senior roles.
Traits of The Six Signature Inclusive Leadership