Executive coach Geraldine Gallacher sets out five simple steps that all men can take in the fight for greater gender diversity.
Men benefit from a more gender diverse workplace. The stakes are high and winners stand to get better work/life balance, the option to spend more time with their children, the chance to create a better future for their daughters, lower divorce rate, and better mental health.
Why, when there is so much to gain, are men not actively championing better gender diversity at their own workplace?
Let’s head off at the pass two barriers that stop men getting involved.
Men look at the daily inequalities their partners, daughters and mothers have to put up with, recognise they are in a privileged position, and think they don’t have a right to talk about these issues. Proportionally there are more men in positions of power than women. Gender inequality impacts men too. You do have a right to a voice and women need you to use it.
Men and women tend to approach problem solving in different ways. Diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives often tackle gender diversity issues either through women’s forums or in a way that feels comfortable to women. Men need to decide for themselves how they want to address the issue and activate a plan to solve the problem in their own way.
As a starting point here are five actions all men, no matter what level of seniority, can take today:
Geraldine Gallacher is founder and MD of the Executive Coaching Consultancy.
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Ana Farina said:Men benefit from a more gender diverse workplace.
Where is your evidence for this please?
Could you explain why diversity is good.
We are told diversity is our strength
Again where is the evidence and proof of this?