What do New Zealand, Germany, Taiwan, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Denmark have in common? When it comes to the coronavirus crisis, there are two things they share – their leaders have been praised for their handling of it, and those leaders are all women.
Vanessa Pigrum, CEO of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, believes the success of these countries’ response to the pandemic highlights the benefits of diversity. “We need leaders drawn from a wider field than has traditionally been the case, to bring with them a new perspective and fresh approach to persistent issues, and brand-new challenges,” she says. “The pandemic has swept away many assumptions about entrenched systems and challenged accepted thinking in a range of spheres. It’s also shown us that what people need in a crisis can be met by a range of leadership styles which offer more than we’ve been offered to date.”
via Mindfood, 2 June 2020See More
The Australian Human Right Commission’s landmark report recommends a series of changes to the Sex Discrimination Act and Fair Work Act, finding the rate of change required to prevent and respond to sexual harassment at work over the past 35 years had been disappointingly slow.
Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Cranlana alumna Kate Jenkins said the legal and regulatory system was “simply no longer fit for purpose”.
The Australian, 6 March 2020See More
One of our Moderators, Jean Ker Walsh, found that “having recently retired from my corporate role, I’ve had a couple of experiences causing me to reflect on how women are listened to when there is no title suggesting an authoritative voice. I was prompted to revisit Mary Beard’s essay on The Public Voice of Women.
“…we need to go back to some first principles about the nature of spoken authority,” Beard says, “about what constitutes it, and how we have learned to hear authority where we do.” Her essay is a short, yet provocative, read. I recommend it: Women and power: A Manifesto.”
Amia Srinivasan is the first woman and youngest person to be appointed Chichele Professor of social and political theory at Oxford University. Her essay talks about what the extraordinary mind of the octopus might tell us about intelligence, evolution and much else besides.
via London Review of Books, 7 September 2017See More
What makes a leader? According to the Glass Cliff theory in social science, women are more likely to be put into leadership roles during times of crisis. This article explores how to break that cycle, and the benefits of diversity.
The New York Times, 17 June 2019