Happy International Women’s Day! I’ve had a few thoughts on where have been able to make progress empowering women. In particular in the workplace it’s focused solely on encouraging women to ‘Lean In’ to the boardroom table, without recognising what men can learn from women. I love my research, and one in gender studies known as the Athena Doctrine has highlighted a set of desirable traits for today’s business leaders that have been identified as feminine;
This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur Magazine.
The opportunity to speak in front of large audiences is now greater than ever; TED Talks, Webinars, conferences and panel discussions of thought leaders. However, the opportunity is often lost when we see the platform as a chance to greater our endevours instead of focusing on who we’re addressing and why we’ve been called to speak in the first place.
Congratulations! You’re set to receive an award! There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to really inspire an audience. Unfortunately, with that comes a lot of pressure to be a lot of things all at once; gracious, grateful, and humble–but not so humble or self-deprecating that the audience thinks you are trivialising the honour.