Studying women in leadership is to study a world of contrasts. Consider that more than 50% of US Americans would say that men and women make equally good leaders and yet women hold fewer than 20% of the seats in Congress. A recent study revealed that in 12 out of 16 leadership competencies, women leaders outscored men. And yet four of 10 businesses worldwide have no women in senior management.
Overall, 82% of leadership positions in America – across all sectors – are held by men.
What can women do about this?
- One action that women can take is actively engage in mentoring and coaching other women. ECCO International offers coaching development programs customized to individual organizations or companies.
- Another action that companies can take is diversity education that is inclusive of women as a minority group. ECCO International is a recognized leader in diversity training.
- The Small Business Association has a category for women small-business owners. It is one effort among many that can bring parity to the workplace. ECCO International is a woman-owned business proud to offer the leadership development women want and need.
Although lots of companies are developing women and promoting advancement, they are not getting the results they want… and it may be due to unintentional gender bias. Three steps are suggested: educate about gender bias, create safe environments for women to learn, and help women focus more on purpose and less on how they’re perceived. “Moving Women Rising: the Unseen Barriers,” Ibarra, H., Ely, R., and Kolb, D.
The Princess Principle Defined
ECCO International principal Dr. Amy S. Tolbert has written a book titled “The Princess Principle” and is a frequent keynote speaker on the topic.
- Princess: Connotes being a member of the royal family. Characteristics often associated with being a Princess include: elegance, style, grace, class, high fashion, regal, as well as strength of character and facing challenges with dignity.
- Principle: Comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine or assumption; a rule or code of conduct, i.e., kind, authentic, genuine, resilient, compassionate, forgiving, serving, encouraging, grateful.
The Princess Principle
You have a royal birthright-the royal spirit within; it is that part of you which is the image and likeness of your Creator. The “royal spirit” functions as:
- An inspiration station (just going there makes things go better right now)
- An “any” key (as in “to continue, hit any key”)
- A guidance center (where I can connect to the most and the best)
- A magic mentor (when I need to be put in touch with a miracle).
Contact ECCO for Women in Leadership Topics and Training
Leadership development for women is a topic near and dear to us. We would be happy to provide you with a free initial consultation or proposal for any women in leadership topic. Please call us at (651) 636-0838 or contact us via email. We look forward to working with you.