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“How do I tell my boss he is gender biased?”

Wednesday, September 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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By Trudy Bourgeois

My immediate 'report to' sometimes reveals a gender bias. How do I address this with him without affecting our working relationship?

The gift of feedback is just that — a gift. The reason people don't grow is because we don't want to tell them the truth. We feel like it's too messy, too uncomfortable. We say things like, "Oh, that's just Bob being Bob." We don't address it — and in our silence we endorse it.

Have a courageous conversation. Let him know that you want to make sure that he's set up for success and want him to be aware of this potential blind spot. Say something such as, "I'm sure this is not what you're intending to happen, but when you say this, it can be perceived as gender bias. You just need to raise your awareness. Get more intentional. I'll be your accountability partner. We'll work through this together."

It takes courage to point a potential weakness out to someone else. Don't be afraid. This is about authenticity.

Trudy Bourgeois is happy to answer your career questions. Please email them to NEW Communications Manager Barbara Grondin Francella.

Trudy Bourgeois is founder and CEO of The Center for Workforce Excellence and NEW Executive Leaders Forum conference designer.

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