Leadership 6 Essential lessons for women leaders

20 min Source: TED TALK
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Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, currently Director-General of the World Trade Organization, reflect on their experiences as women leaders in positions of global authority.


World Trade Organisation Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard share six pieces of advice for what they argue is gender bias and stereotyping of women in the workplace:

  1. There’s no right way to be a woman leader.
  2. Women leaders face sexism and stereotyping.
  3. Debunk gender stereotypes. False assumptions can’t survive when held up in the light of day.
  4. Be a supporter of systems and changes that aid gender equality, even if you don’t need them straight away.
  5. Don’t take a backwards step. Don’t assume you’re too junior, or people are too busy—reach out and network.
  6. Just ‘go for it’.

The women also talk about the ‘glass cliff’ where, they argue that, women are offered positions that men don’t want (a poisoned chalice) because the potential for failing in that position is high.

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