Katherine has taken the word "Service" to a whole new level.
This morning I had the pleasure of attending a Women’s Executive Network presentation where Dr. Elizabeth Croft, an accomplished mechanical engineer and robotics professor at UBC shared the lessons from her personal journey. She made a compelling case for engaging male leadership as a key component of encouraging gender diversity, particularly in engineering. In less than ten minutes, she mentioned at least four men who had helped her succeed specifically because they challenged and supported her at a time when women were in short supply in the field.
This message landed strongly with me primarily because I’ve been working with some strong alpha male leaders in these types of male dominated industries on their leadership presence and have been encouraging them to broaden their perspective on what leadership looks like. I firmly believe that it’s time for male leaders to step up and become champions so we can advance the pace when it comes to achieving gender parity. Here, from Dr. Croft’s talk, were my top ten takeaway tips for male leaders who would like to step up, but aren’t sure how (and are, frankly, getting left behind). Want to be ahead of the game? Try some of these:
Ultimately, we are all better when we are able to bring our full selves to work. Gender parity will help us get there. As Tony Porter says in his amazing TED talk “A Call to Men”, “The liberation of men is connected to the liberation of women.”