“There is some sense that women lead differently than men, but it’s hard to parse out if it’s because of gender differences or because women have historically been in the non-dominant group and men have been in the dominant group.” Laura Liswood on Green Connections Radio
Cultural dynamics drive the ability to innovate, hirings and promotions, whether it invests in sustainability and responsibility, and, well, how an organization functions across the board. Culture itself is driven by the dominant values of the leadership, and is reflected in its policies, says Laura Liswood, Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders, who has studied, interviewed and worked with dozens of female heads of state and ministers, Fortune 500 companies and global nonprofits, where she has led diversity programs. This is especially tricky issue in the traditionally male-dominated science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Listen to Liswood’s perspective in this fascinating interview with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson live from the U.S Chamber of Commerce commemorating International Women’s Day,
- What exactly “dominant” and “non-dominant” dynamics are and why they drive an organization.
- Pros & cons of women’s networks vs. men’s.
- How women collaborate and why it depends on their “dominance” in the organization.
- How leveraging women’s creative instincts helps drive innovation.
- How women’s way of preparing makes raises the group performance.
- Critical career advice… and much more!
“What is your true north that is going to make you feel really energized? Be open to what the possibilities can be for you. As Mary Catherine Bateson has said, women’s life experiences are more likely to look like a quilt, with blocks of experience.” Laura Liswood on Green Connections Radio
Read my Forbes blogs from this interview too.
You’ll want to check out these interviews too:
- Mary Lee Gannon, CEO of a multimillion dollar healthcare foundation and executive coach, on maximizing a multigenerational workforce.
- Mary Snapp, long-time C-level executive at Microsoft, CEO of Microsoft Philanthropies on driving social innovation in a large organization.
- Rainia Washington, VP, Global head of Diversity and Inclusion at Lockheed on innovating with purpose.
- Barbara Whye, VP, head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Intel, on recruiting and retaining innovative talent.
- Go for the Outliers, Joan’s Forbes blog on hiring people who don’t “fit in.”
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