Leadership challenges – looking at and beyond the male/female binary

Thursday, 17 October 2019
Aldgate, London (Turning Point)
One Day

Our next Round Table Discussion is about Leadership and the challenges of leaders in the context of gender orientation. Historically, traditional male behaviours have most often paved the way for progression resulting in female board member quotas to even the playing ground. But when viewed through the lens that gender is a continuum, how do we then develop leaders with what are perceived as typically more feminine characteristics?

With our expert facilitator and other guests we will:

  • Review how leader identities are developed and how gender bias can interfere with this process. 
  • Explore some of the potentially contradictory expectations associated with gender expression - to what extent are leaders expected to be demanding or caring; authoritative or participative; advocating for themselves or serving others; maintaining distance or being approachable.
  • We will then look at this ‘double bind’ many leaders experience through a ‘paradox’ rather than a ‘dilemma’ lens and discuss how we can build a paradox mindset to make our best leadership impact

The session will be facilitated by Penny de Valk (www.pennydevalk.com) Leadership Coach and Mentor. You can read more from Penny here.

Our second contributor, Dr Belinda Board, will suggests:

“There is a presumption that leader identities evolve differentially for men and women. This presumes a binary definition of gender. If we take a more continuous definition of gender identity then we can understand the potential challenges that all leaders have as they navigate the corporate world to define their version of authenticity. This includes the potential double bind that leaders must reconcile.”

Join us on Thursday 17th October 2019 from 9:30am to 4:30pm in Aldgate, London where we will be hosted by Julie Bass, Group Managing Director at Turning Point. The investment or cost, depending on your view, will be £99 (plus VAT and booking fee). Tickets available here.

Oxen Park meetings create an environment for sharing, talking with peers and an opportunity to clarify your thinking. Our invitation is extended to HR leaders and HR professionals of all gender orientations - we'd like a diverse group to generate debate and discussion.


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