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#BalanceforBetter

By its nature, empowerment starts at the top. Empowerment must first be granted by those who have the power to do so but then it must be embraced by those who have been given greater authority.  It must come from a leadership team dedicated to giving up control in exchange for the benefits that come from an empowered team.
When it comes to gender equality, companies today suffer a ‘knowing-doing gap’. Most executives know how strong the empirical evidence is that proves the link between fostering more diverse mindsets and achieving superior financial performance. But progress is still too slow. Achieving real change requires committed leadership at the top and sustained effort to shift mindsets and correct hidden biases across the organisation. Purpose driven companies that create value for society as well as for shareholders build from a foundation of diversity and inclusion.
Dominic Barton Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
As 2018 draws to a close, there has never been more visibility in business on the lack of women in leadership. Companies addressing gender imbalance, as part of the drive to align corporate purpose to changing societal expectations, are building the greatest trust in their stakeholders. Rising public awareness and grass-roots focus from employees, will help quicken the pace. But we need to ask what more is required.

Institute of Leadership and Management(ILM) – Spotlight on Empowerment- ILM

Female empowerment rarely occurs naturally and almost always requires some sort of institutional backing and concentrated initiative. Only once a culture of women in leading positions is firmly established can gender equality grow naturally and even then it must be nurtured and monitored, because even in the most empowered organisations the tendency to create more controls and go back to the norm of a male led mindsets is strong.

Once leadership has committed to diversity empowerment initiatives, for these initiatives to be effective, there must be buy-in throughout the organisation, buy-in that will come from collaboration and shared objectives.

Next Steps

empower|me is all about increasing employee engagement, health and well-being and developing empowered and diverse organisational cultures.

It is the nature of individuals to be risk averse, and it is the nature of organisations to create rules to prevent problems from recurring. However by  giving the relevant skills that provides employees and leaders with the confidence, technically and physiologically, to  work in an empowered way, business and people will thrive.

The empower|me tool box of workshops, coaching and mentoring provide the required skills that are key to for an empowered workforce to operate.

International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme:#BalanceforBetter

The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world. Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere.

From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.

 

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