The reasons behind the lack of women in senior roles has been an ongoing debate among business leaders, and while the issues tied to it are complex and multifaceted, one leadership coach has her own theory.

Upon listening to a podcast about women in leadership, leadership career and skills development coach Karen Felton wrote that several points that were discussed really hit home, namely:

“Your direct manager plays a huge part in your career progression after returning from Mat leave so make sure they know you still want to progress your career.”

“Women don’t like ‘politics and positioning’ but need to learn to do it because it’s part of business life.”

“Women need to be more self-aware and overcome their limiting beliefs.”

“Women don’t ask for promotion and pay rises like men do, so don’t get them as often.”

Her takeaway is the message that “the lack of women in senior roles is because we’re not exactly the same as men so we need to change so they promote us!”

Calling for organisations that help male senior leaders understand the different approaches and traits of all their people, the leadership coach emphasises the importance for business leaders to recognise the strengths of all their people, regardless of their gender.

Affirming that “someone can be equally as good even if they do things in a different way, talk a different way, look different, work different hours, etc”, Ms Felton believes that acknowledging this is an important step towards a more diverse and inclusive culture.

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