Socialization plays a strong role in developing expectations for how we lead. Learn how the ways we learn to play, cooperate, and compete as children drive gender differences in the workplace (for example, jump rope vs. team sports). Also, explore data from kids' coaches on differences between girls' and boys' teams.
- From an early age boys and girls are treated differently.…Parents talk more to girl babies than boys.…They overestimate the physical ability of their sons…and the verbal ability of their daughters.…In school teachers will allow a boy to shout out an answer…but they'll chastise girls for that behavior.…We know that nature and nurture each contribute…about 50% to who we are.…We're going to focus on the nurture piece…or the ways that girls and boys are socialized.…
This has a profound impact on how they act…as leaders and members of an organization.…So let's look at the ways that boys and girls play…and what that teaches us about gender and leadership.…Picture an elementary school playground…on a beautiful spring day.…Over there you see some girls jumping rope.…Jump rope teaches cooperation.…We rotate who turns the rope and who jumps.…We make up rules for when to switch roles…and everyone gets a chance to play.…On the other side of the playground…boys are playing basketball.…
Only the best players get the ball.…
- Recognize strengths of both male and female brains.
- Determine which method to use to optimize time spent developing your skills.
- Identify three strategies used to obtain useful feedback.
- Summarize the concept of a double bind.
- List three strengths that women bring to negotiations.
- Recall the four characteristics of the developmental dilemma.