As we look around the world, it seems that now is a golden moment for women political leaders. From the appointment of Theresa May to be the second women Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Angela Eagle contending the Labour leadership, Nicola Sturgeon leading the SNP in Scotland, Angela Merkel in Germany and Hilary Clinton seeking to become President of the United States. And so the list goes on.
What can we learn from this for women leaders in other contexts, such as the City?
As we look at the sudden “coronation” of Theresa May without a leadership election, it might be tempting to think that she has just fallen in this role. It reminds me of Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night:
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
Has Theresa May simply had greatness “thrust upon her”? While she has undoubtedly benefited from avoiding a protracted leadership election, it seems to me that it is much truer that she has “achieved greatness” by everything that she has done over many years. Part of this will have included positioning herself to take advantage of the opportunity through focus on several key dimensions.
This focus on the essential dimensions of leadership is just as essential to leaders and aspiring leaders the City. There are proven approaches that can position women to be ready for, and indeed create, leadership opportunities.
To find out more about how you can position yourself for leadership or assist the leadership development of women in your organisation, I invite you to join me at a:
Women's Leadership Breakthrough Session on the evening of Thursday 21July.
The session will offer the following opportunities:
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