Women account for only about 4% of corporate CEO positions in America today. This is not only sad but is also a major problem we as equal humans must find solutions to. Women have the same mental capability to make decisions and lead a team as any man. If this is true then why is it that only 4% of corporate CEO positions are held by women?
It is simple, women must come together and learn to empower themselves. Yes women face more problems in the workplace such as sexual harassment or degrading comments said by men, however, women must find a way to overcome these barriers and thrive to outwork these disrespectful people. By understanding that women have the same capabilities as men in the workplace, women must have the courage to challenge these men and show them how successful they can be.
Women have the same qualities and capabilities as men when it comes to leadership. They must be determined to make it to the top in order to actually make it to the top. Lack of determination is the most common problem holding women back from leader positions in the workplace. Women must find motivation in order to stay determined to succeed.
Being courageous and not afraid to speak their mind is another skill women must improve in order to hold leadership positions. They must not be afraid to put in the time and effort to become a leader. They cannot let others negativity get in their way. Women need to take this negativity and use it bravely to motivate them to further their leadership capabilities.
Just like men, women need to think bigger. They need to understand their organizations goals and look for long term result instead of just finding short term solutions. When men and women show they have the skill to seek future success in their organization it allows them to see the big picture and make better quality decisions. By doing so, women will often find leadership positions available to them because they have the right ideas in mind about where to lead their organization successfully in the future.
Listening is a skill we often overlook when in a leadership position. When we have control of our employees often times we don’t allow others to properly voice their opinions. The fact is, listening is one of the greatest opportunities we as leaders have to learn new information and ideas. Listening Aggressively shows respect to the other person and allows them to be more confident in their work.
If you do not listen aggressively to others when they speak, it can cause communication problems throughout your organization. Not only do you not miss important information that may be presented to you, you also can miss out on great innovative ideas that could benefit you and your organization.
I learned to listen as a young child as most people do. I can clearly recall my mother telling me to shut up and listen when I was in trouble. It is essential to listen in order to learn what mistakes you have made and how to prevent them from happening again. It is a very simple idea that in order to learn and develop yourself as a leader you must be able to listen. Make it a habit, remind yourself during conversations that there is a great chance the other person speaking has something important to say. By doing so you will notice that your relationship with other will grow and more opportunities will be presented to you.
Listening is a great way to show people you value their thoughts and opinions. It gives them a sense of comfort and makes them feel you really care about what they have to say. It shows them respect when you give them your time and focus which is important in any relationship. Listening to others in an organization will greatly benefits you as a leader and allow you to connect with your employees far beyond the basic yes sir and no sir. This skill is among the top qualities you can have as a leader and will help you succeed as a great leader.
Here are some video links that will further help you see the importance of listening for leaders.
On Friday, April 27th, you will be able to come to my office and pick up my comments on your Current Events presentations, which will also include a calculation of your final grade for the course. After you’ve done this, your work for this class is done!
I will be in my office, Heavilon 208, from 1:00 until 2:30 on Friday. Please drop by to pick up your comments at that time. If you are unable to come during this time, please email me to arrange another pick-up time.
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For those of you doing research on SOPA, here’s a gem:
Read “Netflix Creates Pro-SOPA Super-Pac”.
Over the weekend, I read this article from the British paper The Guardian by feminist writer and activist Naomi Wolf. For those of you who went to the screening of Miss Representation, you might see some overlap.
The article, “How the US Uses Sexual Humiliation as a Political Tool to Control the Masses,” The article discusses, with justified concern, the recent 5 to 4 Supreme Court ruling this past week that allows anyone arrested to be strip-searched for any offense. This comes on the heel of two other recent laws that have passed: HR 347, known as the “Trespass Bill,” which gives anyone a 10-year sentence for protesting near someone under secret service protection, and the NDAA, which allows anyone to be arrested indefinitely at any time. Wold also does a sharp job of analyzing the growing use of the word “detainee” to describe, not Muslim terrorists in Afghanistan, but US citizens.
Wolf writes, “The most terrifying phrase of all in the decision is justice Kennedy’s striking use of the term ‘detainees’ for ‘United States citizens under arrest’. Some members of Occupy who were arrested in Los Angeles also reported having been referred to by police as such…Ten years of association have given ‘detainee’ the synonymous meaning in America as those to whom no rights apply – especially in prison. It has been long in use in America, habituating us to link it with a condition in which random Muslims far away may be stripped by the American state of any rights. Now the term – with its associations of ‘those to whom anything may be done’ – is being deployed systematically in the direction of … any old American citizen.”
This week on Tuesday, April 10th, we will meet in Stanley-Coulter Hall, Room 277 (SC 277), which is a computer lab. We will be able to have our peer review there in lieu of meeting in our regular classroom in Heavilon.
On Thursday, we will meet in our regular classroom, Heav 108, and then walk over to the Stewart Center together to view the projects in the Student Showcase.