Wanted: A few good men to support women leaders
Monday, July 18, 2016
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
aren't always in a position to step up for women's advancement — and when they
do, they get pushed down. We need male champions," diversity expert Kevin
Carter told online attendees during the sixth NEW Summit Speaker series
webinar, July 13, 2016.
principal consultant for The Winters Group, led the one-hour session
"Engaging Men Who Get It." Carter shared practical advice for men and
women who want to engage men in the movement to advance women leaders and
support women's success at every level.
acceleration of women's advancement takes the right mindset, skillset and
toolset," Carter advised.
differences between male and female thinking styles is essential to
intercultural competence, he noted. "Men separate information into
different compartments, while women look at the big picture and link information
together," he said, urging professionals to work collaboratively with
these differences, while minding the gap.
Men's general communication style is often direct, factual and status-oriented,
while women's communication is often interactive, thoughtful and
relationship-oriented. Consequently, "a man, not hearing a woman 'take
credit,' may assume she doesn't deserve it."
the three levels of response — reinterpreting the intent, flexing your style
and talking over the problem — can help us better communicate across gender
boundaries, Carter said. "Stereotypes about both men and women exist and
need to be overcome."
"There are male champions out there to support women's
advancement," Carter emphasized. "The convictions are real."
Male champions make an effort to listen, learn and behave in a way that
supports women's advancement, Carter said, noting that NEW's network of men and
women joined by common goals is particularly effective. "It's great to
share that model with other organizations."
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