A Roadmap to Gender Equality in Organizations and Gender-Balanced Leadership Teams

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Gender Equality – The negative impacts of stereotypical gender roles on men

As passionate advocates for gender equality, we often write about why and how women should be given an equal opportunity at all levels of leadership. In doing so we also often address how biased thinking based on traditional gender roles can hold women back. When we talk about men, we typically focus on how they can, and need to, support women in reaching gender equality.

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How to include Men in Gender Equality efforts?

While specific female development programs are a must to help women climb the corporate ladder, we also need to create a system that supports gender equality. For this, we all have to work together, we must ally with men, include them in the conversation and engage them in making the changes.

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Creating a Culture of Inclusion – Levelling the Playing Field

Over the last few weeks, we’ve held several workshops, with participants from various cultural backgrounds, on addressing gender bias to create inclusive organisations. In all our sessions, when we’ve shown participants the image above, it has led to a debate on affirmative action – whether it works, whether it benefits minorities and whether we recommend affirmative action for companies. This article addresses some of these questions.

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Supporting Inclusion for LGBTQ+ team members – Practical tips for Individuals

One of the main requirements to create a truly inclusive work environment is to have a safe space for all individuals to thrive. This can be created at both the individual and company level. This article focuses on what individuals can do to support their LGBTQ+ team members.

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Supporting Inclusion for LGBTQ+ staff – Practical tips for Companies

One of the main requirements to create a truly inclusive work environment is to have a safe space for all individuals to thrive. This can be created at both the individual and company level. This article focuses on what companies can do to support their LGBTQ+ staff.

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From Categories, Stereotypes and Roles to Intersectionality

The most recent Global Gender Gap report states that due to the pandemic we have taken a step back in Economic Participation and Opportunity for women. If we continue on our current trajectory, it will now take 257 years to close this gap ! We need to take action NOW to speed up the process and move closer to achieving gender equality in our lifetimes. During our first annual Inclusive Leadership Forum we asked our speakers and panellists to address the challenges associated with reaching gender equality. This article is based on comments from senior leaders at Keppel Data Centres and Google, our guest speaker Juliet Bourke, and from ourselves at Developing Global Leaders Asia.

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Chinese New Year in Singapore

With 8 an auspicious number for the Chinese we present to you 8 expat tips for Chinese New Year. These tips will help you navigate this special celebration.

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Cultural Inclusion During Meetings

Have you been in cross-cultural meetings where there has been an imbalance in participation with some people contributing more than others? There can be various explanations for this including differing personalities, experience levels, opinions, language skills and interest levels. Alternatively, there may also be cultural explanations due to different communication styles and patterns across cultures. In this article, you will find a series of helpful steps to ensure you have effective, balanced cross-cultural meetings.

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Inclusion and Unconscious Biases

Biases are learnt associations that are automatic, unintentional, deeply ingrained, and influence our behaviour. We pick them up from our environment, such as family members, teachers and media. According to psychologists , we are particularly sensitive to these messages in our early childhood years as we simply absorb the world around us without questioning it . This explains why experiments with kindergarten aged children show that they already ‘know’ what colour of people are ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Therefore our responsibility is enormous. We need to ensure that the next generations know that all people deserve respect and equal and fair treatment from everyone.

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The Importance of Networking – Virtual Networking Tips

Virtual work and virtual networking are the new norm for the foreseeable future, this article explores the importance of networking for your career and provides a few virtual networking tips.

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Asian leaders – Why so few in Western MNCs?

Our workshops on effective communication and collaboration across cultures explore the differences between Asia and the West and how these differences impact companies. This article explores why most Western MNCs lack Asian leaders and how companies can create more diverse and inclusive leadership.

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Gender-Neutral Leadership – Promoting Inclusive Organisations

In the most recent run of our Women in Leadership Learning Journey, we once again asked participants what characteristics and behaviours they feel make good leaders. As with the 16 other runs of this program, the answers were significantly different from the mixed gender or all men’s groups in other programs. While men focus on clear strategies, vision and goals, women seem to favour soft skills and people skills. Does this make women good or bad leaders? How does this impact their performance in leadership roles compared to men?

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8 steps for running effective virtual programs

2020 has forced us all to adapt quickly to the virtual world and we have all faced challenges moving from face to face to online work, teams, events and trainings. In this article, you will find a series of helpful steps that we have used over the last few months to effectively run programs online.

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