One of the most prominent businesswomen and politicians in Iceland, Halla Tomasdottir, argues that strategic concealment is no longer necessary, nor helpful, for women in the workplace. Companies benefit not from the appearance of diversity, but from the innovative energy different perspectives can bring. For aspiring women board members, being yourself has an added advantage: it allows you to express the full range of your talents and devote all your energy to problem-solving.
- I encourage women to be themselves, … authentically themselves, and not apologize … for having different questions, … different approaches to the issues around the table. … You know the old game in my view was men in skirts. … So women copied the way that men did things. … And that was their way to the C-suite or to the boardroom. … It's kind of natural that it happened that way, … because those were the role models … and in order to break through … to those very closely knit networks, … you needed to assimilate their behaviors … otherwise you would not have achieved access. … But now that we have much more women in positions of power, … I think we should have sort of left that, … that approach and we should start embracing the fact … that we do bring different things, … different mindsets, different approaches to the table. … This way, you actually tap into the diversity. … So first and foremost, be yourself. … Do no try to copy anybody else. … Nobody can be good at copying other people behaviors. …
This course includes videos from:
Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and cofounder of Ellevest, an investing platform for women
Valerie Purdie Greenaway, social psychologist at Columbia University
Gretchen Carlson, TV commentator, journalist, author, Ted Talk alum, and female empowerment advocate
Claire Shipman, TV journalist and author of The Confidence Code
Halla Tómasdóttir, Icelandic businesswoman, politician, and speaker
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