Author Archives: Lynn Harris

Men Who Get It Project (Update)

In March 2011 I started the ‘Men Who Get It’ Project The ultimate aim of the project is to include more men in the conversation about how to achieve gender-balanced leadership in our organizations. First I asked women to identify men who get it using the following criteria: Men who get it share some of […]
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Authenticity: How Women Leaders Can Be True To Themselves

First published in The Glass Hammer 22 March 2010 It seems obvious to many of us that a diverse group of men and women leaders are more likely to be creative and make better decisions than a homogenous group of men. If we manage to achieve gender-balanced leadership in our organizations we will, however, only […]
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The “Men Who Get It” Project

First published in The Glass Hammer 11 January 2011 Since publishing Unwritten Rules, I’ve worked with others to try to get more women in positions of senior leadership. Basically all change efforts boil down to the same thing – can we get people to behave differently. In this case, can we get shareholders to appoint […]
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Women Are Not A Diversity Issue

Since I researched and published Unwritten Rules, I have become intrigued that the issue of women and leadership most often falls in the category of “diversity and inclusion.” Why is that women are considered a “diversity” when they constitute 60% of university graduates in Europe and North America? How do women come to be considered […]
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Fastest Way To Gender-Balanced Leadership – Appoint A Woman CEO

First published in The Glass Hammer September 2010 Corporations are now as powerful, or sometimes more powerful, than governments. It therefore matters a lot who sits on their boards and executive teams.  These are the people who set strategy and make decisions that affect all of our lives. Some of these companies are smart enough […]
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More Women Leaders – Time For A Different Approach

First published in The Glass Hammer July 7, 2010 One definition of insanity is to do the same thing again and again and expect a different result. If we want more women in senior leadership positions we need to take a different approach. The current one isn’t working. We’ve repeatedly called on Board Directors and […]
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20 Reasons Why We Still Need The “F” Word

In our privileged world “Feminism” has become a dirty word. For most western young women, to be called a Feminist is an insult. My son and his girlfriends associate Feminism with anti-men and women who wear unattractive clothes. To them the “F” word is, at best, dated and no longer relevant. If we could perhaps […]
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Gender Stereotypes- Not Just A Woman’s Issue

Not enough women in senior leadership roles is often blamed on gender stereotyping. Gender stereotypes are widely shared views on what is considered appropriate and effective behavior for men and women. To “fit in” and be socially accepted, men are told explicitly and implicitly to be: Primary breadwinners Emotionally and physically tough Competitive Decisive Assertive […]
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Women’s Networks Not Enough – Get a Sponsor!

There’s no doubt that female networks connect women, nourish career advancement, provide learning opportunities, boost confidence and generally provide much needed support and encouragement. But then what? We need more women in positions of senior leadership to work collaboratively with men, influence strategy and make important decisions. Networking with other women isn’t enough to achieve […]
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Men Who Get It

Since Unwritten Rules was published earlier this year I have been speaking at conferences, corporations and on panels. All of these events have had one thing in common – the audience has been almost exclusively women. Given the book provides pragmatic professional development for women leaders, this isn’t surprising. But to achieve gender balanced leadership […]
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