Category Archives: Career Advancement

Why are Women So Underrepresented in Leadership?

You see it around you. And, you’ve experienced it yourself. When you look at the leadership ranks of many companies, women are largely underrepresented. In fact, the latest study by and McKinsey on Women in the Workplace found that women continue to miss opportunities to be promoted into their first leadership roles early in their careers. This snowballs into fewer leadership career options across their careers.

In my coaching practice, I work with a number of professional women at all levels who are frustrated because this situation has impacted them personally.

Like these women, you thought you were doing the right things to advance in your career, working like crazy. Yet, your potential isn’t recognized. You’re often told you’re not ready, don’t have the required experience, or are not supported for a move ‘at this time’ because you’re needed in your current role. 

You feel stuck and are uncertain about how to change your situation.

So, what can you do? There’s no silver bullet, but there are steps you can take now that can change the trajectory for your career.

Download my free guide to discover the 7 Steps To Advance Your Leadership Career

Leadership Warning Signs

Recently some fellow Forbes Councils members, Tonya Echols and Frances McIntosh, and I combined our segments for a podcast to share our advice on negative leadership traits and how to deal with them.

You’ll take away useful techniques to deal with any problematic leaders that you have in your career. As well as learning that “toxic” managers are a major cause of employee turnover and how to identify these “toxic” managers by observing these signs: not making employees feel valued; micro-managing; a lack of positive feedback; and even perfectionism as it can create unrealistic expectation and frustration for employees. There are many more negative leadership traits that we discuss on the podcast as well as how you can combat them to help you progress further in your career.

If you want to learn more about how you can identify signs of toxic leadership, you can listen to the podcast on the Forbes Council website or on Spotify, iTunes, or Google Play.