Weekend Leadership Reading: 6/22/18

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular work days. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week.

Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. This week there are articles about women in the business world.

From Industry Week: GM’s Mary Barra Urges Action to Boost Women in Science, Engineering

“Too many women who graduate with STEM degrees end up working in unrelated fields, cites a report co-led by the automotive CEO.”

From Benjamin Kessler, Clarissa Cortland, Iand Zoe Kinias: The Truth About Gender Stereotypes

“Negative stereotypes are intertwined with bias in organisations. Even when they aren’t openly expressed, stereotypes can disadvantage members of under-represented groups on several levels: recruitment, demands on time, resource allocation, evaluation, retention and promotion. In addition to the usual pressure to succeed, these employees are sometimes acutely aware of being judged on the basis of stereotypes. The ensuing psychological burden, combined with the above-mentioned disadvantages, can increase their likelihood of underperformance, thus ‘proving’ the stereotype was correct. Bias gets stacked upon bias.”

From Nigel Nicholson: Is there such a thing as a gendered organisation

“Research suggests women may choose to work in different sorts of firms than men – those with flat hierarchies and a culture of collaboration.”

From Bob Woods: Abby Wambach’s Speech Is a Rallying Cry for Women in the Workplace

“Last month, soccer icon Abby Wambach gave professional women everywhere a few new rules to live by. Her rousing commencement speech at Barnard College, while not specifically intended for a business audience, nonetheless offered powerful messages for women in the workplace.”

From Anne Stych: Harassment rampant in science; study calls for culture change

“Sexual harassment in academia is costly to science, driving away some talented female researchers and hurting the careers of others, a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) said.”

Book Suggestions

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck

Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter

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