Nine Tips for Being a Male Ally at Work

Here are best practices for supporting diversity and inclusion at work.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our work lives, particularly for women. As of January 2021, over 2.3 million women had left the workforce in the U.S. during the pandemic, leaving only 57% of women working or looking for work—the lowest rate since 1988. The pandemic seems to be setting back many of the gains that those who identify as women have made in the workplace in the past several decades.

This hurts women, businesses, and society. According to a 2012 study of 1,500 companies, “female representation in top management leads to an increase of $42 million in firm value.” Female leaders seem to be particularly important for companies thriving on innovation. Notably, the more women occupying a company’s C-suite and corporate boards, the better its sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

One pathway toward creating a culture of diversity and belonging is to empower allies at work.… READ MORE...

6 Ways to Lead Courageously in Uncertainty

Now more than ever, we need leaders who are able to act courageously, adapt quickly, and be willing to take a stand.

As a leadership development consultant and executive coach, I’ve specialized in helping leaders navigate crisis situations, re-organizations, embracing change, and courageous leadership.

In my work with hundreds of leaders and many different organizations from LinkedIn, Pixar, Genentech, Clif Bar, Bank of the West, and high growth start-ups, I’ve discovered there are a few internal “inner game” qualities that support leaders to thrive during challenging times. The cultivation of these 6 leadership qualities can make a leader out of anyone.

Be Present

In uncertain times and when big changes unfold, it is important to stay grounded and present. Many of us are feeling distracted and we can bring our attention to what is most important by concentration practices. Take life one day at a time and keep asking yourself:

What can I control?

The Role of Male Allyship in Conscious Leadership and Business

Without the avid support of men, significant progress toward ending gender disparities is unlikely. Here’s how to enroll — and be — male allies.

Creating workplaces that support diversity, inclusion, and belonging requires leaders to lean into discomfort, embrace a different mindset, lead with heart, and instill safety and trust in their communications and behaviors throughout the organization. One pathway forward toward creating a culture of belonging is to empower allies at work.

What is an ally? An ally is someone who is not a member of an underrepresented group but who holds positions of privilege and power, and who can advocate and take action to support less represented groups. Allyship is incredibly important so that everyone and their contributions are not only invited to the table at work but also heard and acknowledged.

As women and other minority groups have become painfully aware, the most dominant and powerful group in the workplace and the world are men.… READ MORE...