In her Ted Talk entitled “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders”, Sheryl succinctly highlights three key issues that we as individuals (both men and women) need to be aware of and act upon if we want to balance out the leadership numbers:
1. Sit at the Table
2. Make Your Partner a Partner
3. Don’t Leave Before You Leave
I remember this one project which required travelling two days a week. After having discussed it at home, I took the opportunity, but structured it so that I left early on Monday morning (rather than the dreaded Sunday night which cuts into precious family time) and returned on Tuesday evening before the kids went to bed. With a little creativity and support you can do amazing things. Try not to exclude yourself from potential opportunities in your current role – you’re cutting yourself short and in a way leaving the organization before you’ve actually left.
The best part of these three simple steps is that they are both practical and achievable, and illustrate circumstances very familiar to any woman who’s tried to bridge the gap between career ambitions and family aspirations.
Thank you Sheryl for your sound advice.