Anna Marie Valerio will be presenting at the upcoming SIOP Leading Edge Consortium (LEC), "Building Future Leaders: Innovations and Trends in Talent Management," October 18-19, 2013 at the Omni Richmond in Richmond, VA. For more information, including an agenda and speaker list, visit www.siop.org/lec.
By Anna Marie Valerio, Ph.D.
Women’s leadership is more important than ever in light of the globalization of the world’s economy and resources. Developing women leaders has become a priority as organizations understand the tremendous influence and impact of the contributions of women leaders on the success of the organization.
Recent evidence shows the positive impact of gender diversity of corporate boards, such as :
- higher rates of return
- more effective risk management
- better organizational performance
In my presentation at the 2013 SIOP Leading Edge Consortium (LEC), "Building Future Leaders: Innovations and Trends in Talent Management," I will highlight the relevant research findings that serve to guide and inform the coaching of women executives. Translating research results into practical application, I will propose ideas about how executive coaching supports the leadership development needs of senior women leaders and outline the most important leadership development methodologies for organizations to implement to place women in key leadership roles.
Anticipating the usual lively exchanges generated by discussions on women’s leadership, I invite you to share your thoughts on one or more of the following questions related to developing and coaching women leaders:
- Why aren’t there more women leaders in senior management in organizations?
- What facts are important to know about the impact of gender diversity on corporations?
- What is important for both men and women to know about women’s leadership?
- What are the gender stereotypes and biases requiring greater awareness by both men and women?
- What do the research findings show about women’s leadership strengths? About their “areas of challenge”?
- What are the “invisible barriers” that may affect women’s career trajectories?
- What are frequently-encountered issues faced by senior women leaders?
- What are the most effective leadership development methodologies you have observed or implemented?
- How have you overcome “roadblocks” in implementing gender-related organizational change?
- What are some of the key topics and questions I-O psychologists in both academic and practitioner settings should explore?
- If you’ve conducted recent research on women’s leadership development, what did you study? What were your findings and implications?
As a practitioner, I’m looking forward to some interesting exchanges at the conference for mutual learning about enabling women leaders to advance in their organizations. What would you like to get out of the conference? What would you find most helpful to learn about coaching women leaders? Submit your questions - or provide some new answers of your own in the comments section below!
Anna Marie Valerio, Ph.D. is a consultant specializing in executive coaching and leadership development and a published author and writer. President of Executive Leadership Strategies, LLC, Anna Marie's areas of expertise include executive coaching, team leadership development, women's leadership, and providing leadership workshops. Read her complete bio here!