Rather than making the changes to wedge that door firmly open by making the modern workplace an environment that women want to thrive in - we’re so exhausted from the climb that we're simply blending in to the dated landscape.
Increasingly women are climbing the corporate ladder, reaching the top and deciding their ladder is propped against the wrong wall; and I don’t blame them because the view ain't always pretty! It’s got to change.
Our opportunity is here to bust through those open doors and blaze our trails while holding on to our uniqueness. Rather than edging forward to top office and simply conforming to the 730am-6pm, black suit, high stress, low love way of doing things – NOW is the time to shake it up.
The glass ceiling is no longer our problem, women are bailing out of the windows before they even get there.
Women account for 51% of the non-management workforce. 40% for first- and mid-level manager positions, 32% at departmental head level and a mere 21% when you reach top exec level.
Women are choosing to opt out – leaving organisations not because they hit a glass ceiling but because tired of corporate cultures and practices that stand in the way of them working at their full potential or in the way they’d like.
It’s no surprise then that women leaders are the fastest-growing segment of self-employed entrepreneurs.
Women’s unique skill sets and the new vision of leadership that calls for emotional intelligence, inclusiveness, and connectedness should work to women’s advantage.
But, currently by the time we get there we’re often so exhausted by the climb we’ve dimmed ourselves down to fit in.
So, what can we do?
The ones who are leading fulfilling, successful careers and lives are the ones who have managed to harness their uniqueness. If you can’t do this where you are, your ladder is against the wrong wall. Find a new one, and don’t be afraid to smile a little if the wall crumbles as they discover what they’ve lost.
Do it your way.
Written by Tamsin Simounds
As a modern psychology practitioner and performance coach, Tamsin specialises in working with women who want to blaze a trail in business. Tamsin is known for showing leaders how to thrive, not just survive, in their careers and lives. Her unique, results driven and holistic approach utilises the latest in Leadership Strategy, Modern Psychology and Emotional Intelligence to create connected leaders with an increase in confidence and clarity that extends far beyond their role to have a positive impact in all areas of life.
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