Thoughts & opinion
WIBF prides itself on its forward-thinking and emphatic thought leadership. With contributions from members who lead the industry, we aim to provoke discussion, debate and new ideas, all with the goal of making the industry better and brighter.
Do You Need a Title to be a Leader?
When you look up the Oxford Dictionary definition of “leader” it says: a person who leads a group of people, especially the head of a country, an organisation, etc. a person or thing that is the best, or in first place in a race, business, etc. That is the technical definition. But surely there are other definitions?
What Are We Really Talking About? Overcoming the ‘readiness’ myth
We have been interviewing board level men and a few women on what they think will drive gender balance forward for a new client. In several meetings we heard men claim they ‘are all for balance; but the women they know aren’t ready for leadership’. Later, we met another senior leader who exasperatedly said: ‘I see my colleagues take chances on younger men who are perhaps still a bit green. But when they look at female candidates as part of succession planning, they will say ‘she’s just not ready’.
Career decision-making styles
We make a huge number of decisions on a daily basis, from the trivial, such as deciding whether to press snooze on the alarm and have ten more minutes in bed, through to the life-changing, such as deciding whether to have a child. We make these decisions regularly without really considering the mechanism behind them.