“Equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue.” – International Women’s Day Website
Happy (Belated) International Women’s Day! We have come a long way since the first International Women’s Day in 1911, and we still have a long way to go. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual and stems from the idea of Collective Individualism: the concept that an individual succeeding and realizing that their success is a benefit to everyone else.In the spirit of harnessing our individual experiences for collective growth, we’ve asked the women at Kotter to answer questions on their experience as women in the workplace and in leadership positions.
“The first piece of advice is this: whatever you tolerate will persist. Don’t be afraid to recognize and address behavior that crosses the line. The longer you compartmentalize it, let it go, or even try to use it to your advantage, the harder it will be to overcome, and you certainly won’t be doing any favors to the next generation of girls. Your legacy begins now.
My second piece of advice, which is an important balance to my first, is do not underestimate the value of trying to understand others’ perspectives. Empathy is an increasingly rare trait, and may just be the biggest competitive advantage for leaders in the 21st century. When people shut each other down or turn each other off, make a point to reach out, lean into the hard conversations, and commit to listening. Keep asking questions. Keep trying to understand. We are much more powerful when we communicate and come together. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.”
Rachel Rosenfeldt, Director
We invite you to join the conversation! How would you answer some of these questions?