Mar 08 2017
Women in management: 4 TED Talks to inspire female leaders

By Samantha Kauss. 

Did you know that there twice as many men named John who hold chief executive and chair positions of the FTSE 100 than there are women in the same roles? That’s right. There are only seven women who have secured the most senior positions at the UK’s top organisations. It’s 2017, just let that sink in for a moment. Studies have shown that female leaders are more assertive, persuasive and take more risks than their male counterparts, yet there are still constraints on career progression - both personal and organisational.

This year’s International Women’s Day campaign is asking us all to #BeBoldForChange for a more gender inclusive world. Amongst the many issues that women face today in the world of work, the lack of equality in senior positions is still very much apparent. The campaign is urging all people regardless of their gender, to help create more opportunities for women at work, whether that’s by taking a female junior colleague to a major meeting or event, or giving women the opportunity to attend a leadership workshop.

Celebrating women in leadership

In support of IWD 2017, we’re sharing four of our favourite TED Talks from female leaders who aim to inspire other women to smash through the glass ceiling and reach their goals.

1.  Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Our body language speaks more for us than we think. In fact, what we actually say only makes up a small percentage of what we are communicating to those around us. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy takes this to the next level and discusses how our physical stance can improve our chances for success. 


2.  Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few female leaders

In her talk that inspired the ‘Lean In’ movement 2010, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shares three powerful pieces of career advice for women that are still as relevant today as they were seven years ago.


3.  Susan Colantuono: The career advice you probably didn’t get

Although there is a strong female representation in middle management, there is still inequality at the top. Susan Colantuono shares her advice for women who are aiming to secure senior leadership positions.


4.  Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree 

Many people actively avoid conflict at work as they fear it may affect their working relationships. However, Mary Heffernan discusses how good disagreement is central to progress, giving a fresh perspective to how we lead. 


Feeling Inspired?

Here at the Centre, our one-day Women in management and leadership course is an empowering and dynamic workshop created to help females in senior roles build on their skills and achieve their full potential. To find our more information or to book on our next date on 7 April, visit our website or chat to a member of our team on 020 6490 3030. We also have a range of other management courses to further develop your management and leadership skillset.

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