The problem with leadership development is that as humans we are predisposed to think we know a good leader when we see him. (notice I said see “him”) Unfortunately, this view overlooks a wide talent pool of women and minorities who if given the chance could become special leaders. A recent study revealed that gender bias is still a big barrier when choosing leaders. As such, many women are often overlooked for leadership development programs and leadership assignments.
Why this Matters: In the workplace and in the community it is still difficult for women to be viewed on an equal basis as men when it comes to leadership. While certainly some of this attitude is the result of evolutionary constraints it is my opinion that a good part of it is cultural in nature. If workplaces are to be effective then leaders need to ensure that they give a fair shot to all members of the workforce who aspire to be leaders. To include women and minorities.
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