We all have different strengths and weaknesses. Truly great managers and leaders identify and optimise the unique strengths of individual members. Decoding personalities and understanding how to maximise the opportunities that lie behind how each individual is wired is critical to building high-performing teams.
Corporate initiatives intending to hire, retain and develop female talent have fallen short or not produced the desired outcomes so far and still too few women occupy top leadership positions. We propose a new framework to help professional women take a different approach to how they interact in the workplace with colleagues, their own work, and themselves.
Our latest Business Brain event in London brought together senior female executives in a roundtable discussion about the promotion of female leaders. Drawing on their expertise in the fields of financial services, public sector, law and luxury fashion, the event explored topics such as unconscious bias, organisational change and the path to senior leadership.
In the knowledge economy, workers at all levels must work with increased autonomy – to manage both information and increased customer expectations. Highly developed social skills are now on par with, and perhaps exceed academic excellence as the primary success factor in the workplace.
Mastering the art of effective listening can help foster great coalitions, develop stronger business relationships, boost sales, deliver outstanding projects and who knows, even help you get that long awaited promotion.