Women in leadership: Understanding the confidence gap

Welcome to our fortnightly update of all the latest articles on leadership and high-performance teams.

Getting more women into leadership is a major challenge for all of the large Australian organisations that I work with. Despite the proven business case, there’s still a range of barriers that stand in the way. This week, we take a closer look at one of the specific barriers, in helping women to overcome the ‘confidence gap’.

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Resolving the conflict between “woman” and “leader”
Despite more focus on women in leadership, society’s archetypal business leader is still a man. It is critical that organisations promote a positive view of women leaders. (INSEAD)

Overcoming the confidence gap for women
The number of women in top leadership roles remains far too low (and slow to change). Women too often undervalue their strengths, resulting in a continuing confidence gap. (The New York Times)

The importance of being an ally
You can help promote diversity in your organisation by taking the time to listen to and understand another group. Every positive action helps foster an environment where diverse groups feel supported. (Strategy + Business)

Baboons like to hang out with other baboons who are similar
New research shows that baboons spend more time with other baboons that they resemble, choosing those with similar age, status and even personality. But homophily can slow down the transmission of ideas (for both baboons and humans). (Research Digest)

Leading people when they know more than you do
Being promoted into an area outside your expertise can be challenging. Here are the four key skills to develop generalist management skills. (Harvard Business Review)

How to figure out when you need to delegate
An essential part of being a leader is trusting your team and letting them share the responsibility. (Fast Company)

Are we more productive when we have more time off?
A new study shows that taking time off may not increase your output, but it makes you more focused during time at your desk. (Harvard Business Review)

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