Jan 14, 2020
Best-Selling Author, Speaker, and Leadership coach
Sally Helgesen joins the show today, to share her wisdom as one of
the world’s leading experts on women’s leadership. For 30 years,
Sally has been helping women and organizations recognize not only
why we need women leaders, but how to develop them and help them
grow. Sally talks about how she has seen organizations build more
inclusive cultures over the past decade, where we still need
attention and direction in women’s leadership, and the top three
habits and behaviors that can help build successful and sustainable
careers. Sally also discusses the inspiration behind her latest
book, How Women Rise.
What You Will Hear in This
- ● Sally was working as a journalist and speech
writer when she became fascinated with understanding women’s
- ● In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, many of the
strategies for women to successfully lead and fit in and
organizations said to act more like men, and to talk about “man
- ● The financial crisis and bad decisions of
2007-2008 showed us that maybe it was time for women to contribute
more to be involved in the conversation of business, economy, and
- ● Sally’s best-seller, The Female
Advantage, broke ground by using data and studies to suggest
women can contribute in leadership rather than need to change or
adapt in their environment.
- ● There is still a long way to go, but
organizations are thinking bigger than just hiring women as part of
the pipeline. They are spending resources to help develop women as
real leaders and decision makers.
- ● Sally has seen that organizations are starting to
recognize traits that women tend to bring to the table, such as
empathy, authenticity, and ability draw from personal experience to
connect as necessary components of leadership.
- ● We are so worried about people not liking us that
we short ourselves of servicing our organization and world.
- ● Three things Sally recommends to step into a
- 1. From the day you begin, recognize that a
successful career is built from balancing: expertise, visibility,
- 2. Don’t be afraid to clearly state and articulate
where you hope your job will lead.
- 3. Build as much outside support as you can, and
develop an outside network.
- ● “It’s more than just a question of hiring a lot
- ● “Maybe you need to ask women themselves what they
need in terms of leadership, instead of all these
- ● “We have changed our model of what an effective
leader looks like.”
- ● “We spend too much time proactively trying to
micromanage what other people might think of us.”
- ● “The strongest relationships are mutually
- Sally Helgesen
How Women Rise
The Female Advantage