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Gender equality in leadership: the key to intelligent working

The facts on gender imbalance in leadership at work make for stark reading:

·      Globally, women hold less than a quarter of all senior roles. This has crept up by 1% in the past year, and just 6% since 2004

·      In small and medium enterprises, 21% are led by women[1]

·      Just seven FTSE 100 companies have a female CEO, and there’s just one in the top 50 – Emma Walmsley of GlaxoSmithKline

·      In fact, there are more men called David (9) who are FTSE 100 CEOs than women

·      In Ireland, just 14% of CEOs and COOs are women

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The Complacency Trap

When a goal is achieved in your team or organisation, what happens next?


It’s natural to want to recognise and celebrate achievements. Acknowledging a job well done is a vital part of the process of development.


But there’s a risk: complacency.


If we focus too much on what’s done, we often forget about what’s still to do. We look back, rather than forward to the next job, and the next goal.

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Building an effective team takes work. A lot of work. It takes teamwork. It also takes time and persistence. Is it really worth it?

Some leaders spend their time on strategy, finance, sales, marketing and operations. Do they really need to build a team to be successful?

“Teamwork is almost always lacking within organisations that fail, and often present within those that succeed” Patrick Lencioni.

Elements of teamwork

Teamwork’s vital elements are creativity, increased learning, insight, strengths sharing, pulling together, building strong relationships and a commitment to working together to succeed.

These are all highly desirable, but difficult to measure. And because they are difficult to measure, they are often not prioritised.

Creating teamwork

Under pressure, teamwork often happens organically. A team pulls together, often working long hours, to achieve a specific goal. But this approach is unsustainable and exhausting.

We can work with you to create the sense of purpose, desire and momentum that you have when highly pressured, on every ordinary working day.

Learn more about how to lead your team, or your team going through cultural change.

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Women in Leadership

Step Back, Stand Out:
A two day leadership programme plus ongoing coaching

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