“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.”
It shouldn’t be controversial to say that men and women are different.
Technological advances have revealed inherent differences in how our brains are wired and how we think.
Historically, these differences have worked against women. Most organisations are set up to favour an alpha male leadership culture, shutting out women who don’t naturally behave in this way. It means we lose the connections, empathy and authenticity that women can bring to the workplace.
Being outnumbered can make you feel lonely and isolated. It’s dispiriting to look around and think ‘There’s no-one here like me.’
And when you’re stuck in an alpha culture, you start to wonder if anyone listens to you, values your opinion or recognises your contribution. You start to feel inauthentic.
At Equal Talent, we don’t want to turn you into an alpha male – what a waste of your unique abilities. We nurture those abilities, so you succeed on your own terms.
As a group, we agree on our priorities together. Then we buy into the programme, for 9 to 12 months. We create a trusting, committed and confidential environment where women can support and challenge each other. You’ll learn how to truly listen, coach and mentor. We build groups where you grow together, rely on one another and build personal and business friendships that last a lifetime.
Women into Leadership
So, we selected six women from the level below the problem level to join a nine-month coaching programme, run by Equal Talent.
Within six months, half of the group had been promoted. And, most importantly, they said they felt very confident in their careers and how they were developing. Alongside this, they built empathy and experienced the very real benefits of supporting, connecting with and challenging each other.
“For years, I’ve felt like a fraud. Any moment, someone would find me out. Because of my lack of self-belief, I’ve just not put myself forward for opportunities.
Then I took a coaching programme with Equal Talent and my working life was transformed. I learned that what I was feeling had a name – ‘imposter syndrome’. I could work with challenging, supportive colleagues to find a way to overcome the thinking that held me back.
The process has really opened my eyes.”
“As soon as we learn that one of our women employees is about to start a family, we support her through an Equal Talent maternity group coaching programme.
Working in a group and helped by a dedicated coach, she can prepare for her maternity leave by creating realistic and achievable plans. She also gets advice on making the most of her time away and KIT days. And she can reflect on her career goals, identifying the support she needs to transition back to work.
The coaching has made such a positive difference to the women and our business as a whole.”
Are you a STEMinist too?
If you believe that your business can perform better by harnessing difference and enabling your women to perform at their best, please contact us.