July 01, 20141 minute read

An interesting article in Harvard Business Review by Kathryn Heath, Jill Flynn, and Mary Davis Holt: “Managing Yourself: Women Find Your Voice”

“The male managers we interviewed were well aware that women often have a hard time making their otherwise strong voices heard in meetings, either because they’re not speaking loudly enough or because they can’t find a way to break into the conversation at all. More than a third indicated that when their female peers do speak up, they fail to articulate a strong point of view.”

Awesome comment from 2014 Symposium:
Be at the table. You belong at the table, and you should be ready to contribute to the decisions that are made there.”  Symposium panelist

Kathryn Heath, Jill Flynn, and Mary Davis Holt are partners at Flynn Heath Holt, a consulting firm focused on women’s leadership development. They are the authors of Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking That Block Women’s Paths to Power (Jossey-Bass, 2011). They reached their conclusions for this article through research that included 360-degree interviews with 1,000 executives, a survey of 270 female managers in Fortune 500 organizations, and 65 executives, both male and female CEOs, from leading companies.