So the question of the day – does it matter whether women Lean In or Opt Out? Adam Grant, a Wharton professor and author the book “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success” had a great article in Sunday’s NY Times entitled “Why Men Need Women.” The gist of the article is that having daughters and being surrounded by women has an impact on men’s generosity. The article in itself is a worthwhile read, and it is of course posted on our Member’s Forum and LinkedIn group. What struck me and answered today’s question came at the end of his article.
And here I will quote: “ at work, we sorely need more women in leadership positions. We already know from considerable research that companies are better off when they have more women in top management roles, especially when it comes to innovation. Professors Dezso and Ross have recently shown that between 1992 and 2006, when companies introduced women onto their top management teams, they generated an average of 1 percent more economic value, which typically meant more than $40 million.” “We recognize the direct advantages that women as leaders bring to the table, which often include diverse perspectives, collaborative styles, dedication to mentoring and keen understanding of female employees and customers. But we’ve largely overlooked the beneficial effects that women have on the men around them.” “It’s often said that behind every great man stands a great woman. In light of the profound influence that women can have on men’s generosity, it might be more accurate to say that in front of every great man walks a great woman. If we’re wise, we’ll follow her lead.”
One more reason to Lean In ladies!
Don’t forget we have three casino nights planned this Fall in all three cities. These events will benefit the FEYW schools across the state. So grab your spouse, your friends and colleagues and come one, come all a party for a great cause! We also need sponsors and silent auction donations. If you want to help or would like additional information, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
See you all at an event soon!