Professional women have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the past year. Even though, several studies have shown that female-led countries have handled the pandemic far better while, at the same time, bias against women in power still persists.
So, what have we learned in the past year about the future of women in leadership? And what can we do differently from now on?
Expectations and Realities of Women Leaders in the Public Sector
Women’s career opportunities seem greater today than ever before, as they make up for more than half of the public sector’s workforce in the UK. Yet, women remain underrepresented in positions of power and have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, as millions have lost their jobs or left the workforce.
Not all organisations are committed to hire more women into leadership roles and they also often fail to recognise that women still face systemic disadvantages, even more so in the past year.
But several actions can be taken to ensure that women have as many opportunities as men to step up from now on.
1. Share Success Stories to Emulate Young Talents
First and foremost, it is important to share success stories of women leaders to inspire younger talents. It gives women that just started their careers the opportunity to emulate their behaviour and identify with them. Additionally, role models have been proven to counteract gender bias against women at the workplace and improving confidence in their capacities.
2. The Importance of Mentoring and Coaching
Women leaders also need to undertake their role as mentors to young talents.
According to the Harvard Business Review, women who are being promoted have had mentors earlier in their careers. These allies in more senior roles often played a defining role in making sure they had opportunities in the first place. In that aspect, it is as important for men to create an inclusive and fair working environment as it is for women to create a network to support each other.
3. Create A Network
All of this comes to the point of giving women leaders and younger talents the opportunity to network. Providing a platform, digital or face-to-face, where women can share advice, insights, and experiences allows them to increase their reach and impact to become the leader they envisioned.
This blog cannot solve bias against women in leadership by itself. If you are interested in meeting like-minded professionals, you can attend one of our courses on Women in Leadership, Confident Communication for Women in the Workplace, or Effective Coaching and Mentoring and join The Understanding ModernGov network.
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