Valuing Difference

Valuing Difference

Valuing Difference

The issues of 'balance' and valuing differences' again come to the fore in discussing whether women have to compromise in order to succeed in a male-dominated corporate world. Many women state that the choice of management style is not a case of 'either. . . or'.

Instead, women firmly believe that what they have to offer is rooted in their difference and are keen that their acceptance goes hand in hand with their male colleagues' wish to work together as equals. It's our unique qualities that should make every organization positively desire to have women working at the highest levels.

As women begin to make their own decisions about the way they wish to manage and as their confidence grows in using systems for their own ends, companies will give them scope to do more. The question will be whether the organizations choose to materially reward these new approaches. (Job evaluation certainly isn't coping any longer) If they don't, I believe that women will continue to do what they've started to do already, i.e., either go to a more sympathetic organization, or start one of their own.'

Women who have spent a considerable number of years working their way up through the ranks, and who have attained a senior position where they are able to contribute fully to the organization's success, have faced the challenges of operating in an alien environment. They have achieved this by learning how to develop a range of behaviors whilst remaining true to themselves, by knowing when to use the appropriate behavior, and by encouraging and promoting the benefits of diversity. They measure their success in a variety of ways: I think I've been successful because women in roles such as project co-ordination/strategy/ support" are perceived to be less threatening than men in these roles and are able to move things along, be supportive, coax and cajole so that the tasks get achieved with men's egos still intact'.

If women have difficulty in finding a company culture which values them, a professional woman encourages them to be entrepreneurial in this situation: Find a position of influence, or power, so that you can turn the tables around. For many years I worked in a male-dominated profession. I've now moved away from the practice and enjoy being out of the fray, but I'm still engaged in the same issues having established a career as a private and public client'.




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