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The Power of Leadership Empathy

Empathy entails making the effort to understand others’ perspectives and emotions, and demonstrating that understanding through care and concern. In the workplace, leadership empathy is manifested through actions ranging from flexible work-at-home options to a concerted effort to create an inclusive environment for workers of all races, genders and sexual orientations. A study from Catalyst, […]

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Success Keys for Women in the Finance Sector

Despite the overwhelming consensus in favour of improving career and leadership opportunities for women in business, diversity statistics continue to demonstrate that best intentions have not led to results.  The London School of Economics’ Inclusion Initiative, in partnership with the advocacy organization Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF), conducted a qualitative study to identify the […]

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Exploration Algorithms Increase Diversity of New Hires

More and more firms with ongoing recruitment of professionals use computer algorithms to screen job applicants. The screening process is based on past history: the algorithm compares a candidate’s profile with the profiles of past successful candidates—success in terms of being selected for an interview and success in terms of accepting an eventual job offer.  […]

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How Women Leaders Overcome Conflicting Expectations

Women leaders must manage conflicting stereotypical role expectations. Their gender role expectations are centred on what psychologists call communal attributes, such as kindness, empathy and nurturing. At the same time, their leadership role expectations involve agency attributes, such as being aggressive and self-confident. These simultaneous, contradictory expectations often trap women leaders in no-win situations. On […]

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Male Subordinate Bias Against Female Bosses: The Evidence from Schools

The dearth of female leaders in industry, despite the stated intentions of most companies and organizations to encourage diversity and promote women, is well documented. Past studies in this field have focused in large part on the actions and biases of (mostly male) leaders, or on the career choices of women (e.g., fewer women training […]

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The Opportunity and Challenge of the Four-Day Working Week

Today’s unprecedented quad-gen workforce (baby boomers, Gen X, millennials, Gen Z) presents unique challenges for employers who must try to engage all four generations. Although having different backgrounds and histories, all four generations agree on the important of job flexibility and, according to a recent study on the subject by Henley Business School, many believe […]

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